A holy exchange
Levi leaves the place of custom, the office of financial exchange. He is an associate of an occupying force and, as a tax collector, is seen as a bit of a sinner! Today though, in that custom house, he has a very different kind of exchange with Jesus – an invitation given and received, the currency of love. And so Levi exchanges his former life for a different future, leaving behind everything, and welcoming Jesus and others into his home. The gathering is large. Meanwhile the Pharisees and their scribes are at large too, dropping words of criticism, exchanging judgements. They wonder why Jesus is bothering with such people, and so they ask him outright. The exchange of words continues. He sets our his mission before them. If sinners are sick they need a doctor. If the tax collectors of the day are suffering from a moral malaise they need a healing balm, That’s why Jesus came, and so he mixes with the mad and the bad, the sad losers, the waste of timers. He draws close, sees into our hearts, offers us an invitation, a holy exchange of love.
God our Father, may we hear the words of Jesus calling us each day to follow him, and may our lives be continually transformed by your love. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.