Saturday 1st. Week of Ordinary Time
We all know that in a court of law, attorneys must produce evidence that shows that a defendant has committed a crime.
The jury convicts the one charged as guilty.
In the times of Jesus, the whole society was the court of Law!
They did not base their judgment
on a single act or a number of acts,
but the lifestyle a person chose to live.
Thus in the minds and hearts of the teachers of the Law, the Pharisees,
publicans, and sinners were already condemned, dead as it were,
and like lepers in yesterday’s Gospel must be avoided at all cost.
Why? Because they didn’t want to be dead either
through contamination or association with such people.
Jesus could care less about being contaminated,
condemned or dead to these experts.
In fact, He knew the day would come
when that would all happen in His Passion.
Jesus came from a different angle.
His court was not about law or justice.
It was a court of mercy.
The Law is superficial and considers only the acts.
Mercy is total and pours into the heart of a person
where the good they would like to do is set free.
Jesus called Levi, now named Matthew
because he too would be able to extend God’s mercy to others.
Matthew means “Gift of God.”
Jesus discovered that gift for Matthew and the whole Church.
Our human nature is so ready to condemn
a sinful act and the person committing it in the same moment.
Let’s walk up to a Levi in our lives and get to know them.
God’s mercy in us will not only forgive them
but also will welcome them to accompany us as we follow Jesus.