Today’s Gospel reading focuses on Jesus’ call of Matthew, the tax collector, who was considered in league with the Roman authorities because of his occupation. Hearing the criticism leveled at him, Jesus replied, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.”
We know that Jesus is not speaking just about the physically sick but about those of us who may be sick from fear, stress, loneliness, doubt, failures of different kinds, unexpected and unwelcomed challenges, self-esteem issues – and the list could go on and on.
In recent days I have had to reflect on some of my “sicknesses”, and I am coming to realize that the root cause is often related to my unwillingness to let God guide me. All too often I think I can handle things by myself only to come to realize that in doing that I have made things worse.
I am grateful for this Gospel reading today because it reminds me once again that I do much better when I let God lead me, when I willingly partner with Him instead of trying to do everything by myself.
It is comforting to me to know that God loves us as we are even if we can’t love ourselves as we are.
This Monday Minute is from Brother Hank Hammer, who is listening to “Truth Be Told” by Matthew West