1st Week, Ordinary Time : Saturday 14th January, 2023

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DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Sinners – Salvation” – Faith: In today’s Gospel, Jesus went to the tax collectors and sinners home for dinner.  The self-righteous scribes and Pharisees were appalled at this.  Ponder on, “Do we also behave ‘self-righteously’ and choose to ‘distant and dissociate’ ourselves from ‘sinners;’ and further gossip and discredit their lives?”

Fr Philip Heng, S.J.

Mark 2:13-17

Jesus went out to the shore of the lake; and all the people came to him, and he taught them. As he was walking along he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office, and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed him.

When Jesus was at dinner in his house, a number of tax collectors and sinners were also sitting at table with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many of them among his followers. When the scribes of the Pharisee party saw him eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’

When Jesus heard this he said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need the doctor, but the sick. I came to call not the upright, but sinners.’