Friday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
“The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ He (Jesus) heard this and said, ‘Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.’” (From Matthew 9:9-13)
When I was younger, every time I heard this passage I would say to myself, “well, of course you don’t need a doctor if you’re not sick.” Many years later, I see what Jesus was getting at. This passage is not primarily about those who are sick or in need of spiritual healing. It’s mainly about those who recognize it and those who do not.
Simply put, do I recognize the weak spots in my life? The main “sickness” to which Jesus refers is sin, which damages and ruptures our relationships with God and others. None of us is perfect. We are all broken in some way, in certain places of our lives. Do we recognize this brokenness, and are we willing to come before the Lord with honesty of heart to seek the healing that only He can give?