Luke 5:27-32 NLT
Later, as Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him. Later, Levi held a banquet in his home with Jesus as the guest of honor. Many of Levi’s fellow tax collectors and other guests also ate with them. But the Pharisees and their teachers of religious law complained bitterly to Jesus’ disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with such scum? ” Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.”
Reflection . . .
Those who are sick know they need help. They need a doctor. They acknowledge that without they are in trouble. What a simple yet profound truth Jesus puts forth here. This realization of “poverty in spirit” what Jesus talks about in the first Beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in spirit …” (Matt.5:3). Realizing that God is Creator and we are His creatures who are totally dependant on Him is foundational to seeking after God and knowing Him. It was what Levi realized in his life and he responded to Jesus’ call.