Nothing to Lose
Nothing to Lose
As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him…The Pharisees said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" He [Jesus] heard this and said, "Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, I desire mercy, not sacrifice. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners." (Matthew 9: 9, 11-13)
What is it about the tax collectors that makes them a serious sinner in the eye of the Pharisees? They despised tax collectors for several reasons: (1) Collecting revenue involved frequent contact with Gentile sinners (2) Since taxes were collected for the Romans, Jewish tax collectors were branded as traitors (3) Collectors were often guilty of extorting personal commissions above the tax amount. Looking beyond Matthew’s background, Jesus, with kindness and mercy, invites Matthew to follow Him. Matthew got up and follow Jesus immediately. What a radical response! Like Matthew, following Jesus you have nothing to lose, you only gain. “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these.” (John 14:12a) As the Apostle Paul said, “I even consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him.” (Philippians 3: 8-9a)
If Jesus invite “follow me”, what would be your response? What do I need to leave behind in order to follow Jesus? Maybe your past, addictions, sinful lifestyle, bad habit… Remember this, it’s to sinners that Jesus has been sent. He offers mercy to those in need of His kindness and compassion.
Jesus died on the Cross just for you!
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself. (Chaplet of Divine Mercy)
Peace in Christ,
Father Vincent-Vuong Nguyen
Sent by Fr. Vincent Nguyen on Friday, July 6 at 7:54AM