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Lent with the Saints: Levi (Matthew) the Tax Collector

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’ 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” (Luke 5:31–32).

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