Levi the tax collector

SAINTS: Levi (Matthew) The Tax Collector — Sinners Are Welcome, by Greg Friedman

March 4, 2017

From: Lent With The Saints Isaiah 58:9b-14; Psalm 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6; Luke 5:27-32 Luke – and Mark – tell us the story of Levi, a tax collector whom Jesus calls as a follower in today’s Gospel passage.  Levi promptly throws a party for Jesus.  More tax collectors and others show up as well, prompting criticism from the Pharisees and scribes.  Their disapproval draws one of Jesus’s most important responses: Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance. Why did Levi not get numbered among the disciples of Jesus whose stories are told in the Gospel, such as Peter, Andrew, James, and John?  We don’t know.  In Matthew’s [...]