All of us who share the Christian faith have been called by Christ as Levi was, because the Lord loves us and we need Him.
Jesus' action of forgiving the sins of the paralytic man elicits negative comments from the scribes, beginning the tensions that would lead to Jesus' death.
Jesus was the messenger of the kingdom--of a new relationship between God and humanity. We need to be careful to be dealing with the real Jesus.
Jesus is busy. His mission is important and His message is urgent. He never takes time off from the work of our salvation.
Jesus is clearly a person with authority who has the right to demand a response from us to His teaching and offer of healing and salvation.
It's important to note that Jesus doesn't work alone. In His earthly life He always had others working with Him, and He still does today.
We all have our own missions or callings from the Lord. Today we pray that we will be found able to faithfully and fruitfully carry out what God has called us to do.
We are infected with the self-indulgence, cruelty, and violence of the world around us. Yet Jesus stretches out His hand to cleanse us.
Jesus' followers might become participants in His heavenly world--not through their own efforts but as Jesus' gift bringing them to share His own anointing from the Lord.
In today's narrative Jesus is presented as a figure of power, calmly facing threats that sent other men into panic. He encourages us to trust in His power.