COMMENTARY FOR: 16 JANUARY, 2016

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Commentary on the reading of the day provided by: 
Saint Augustine (354-430),

Bishop of Hippo (North Africa) and Doctor of the Church
Discourse on the Psalms, Ps. 58, 1, 7

“People who are healthy do not need a doctor; sick people do” (Mk 2,17)

There are some strong men…who place their confidence in their own justice.

They claim to be just by their own means, and since they considered themselves healthy people, they refused the remedy and killed the doctor himself.

This is why, in fact, the Lord came to call not these strong men, but the weak…

Oh! You the strong, who do not need the doctor!

Your strength does not come from health but from insanity…

The Master of humility, who shared our weakness and who made us take part in his divinity, came down from heaven to show us the way and to be himself our way.

Most of all, he wanted to leave us the example of his humility…to teach us to confess our sins, to humble ourselves and become strong, and to make ours the words of the apostle: “Therefore I am content with weakness…for when I am powerless, it is then that I am strong” (2Cor 12,10)…

As for those who pride themselves on being strong, who, in other words, claim being just by their own virtue, “stumbled over the stumbling stone” (Rom 9,32)…

It is these strong men who attacked Christ, as they boasted themselves on their justice…

They had placed themselves above the crowd of weak people who hurried to the doctor.

Why?

Simply because they thought they were strong…

They killed the doctor of all men.

But he, by dying, prepared through his blood a remedy for all the sick.

READING OF THE DAY: 16 JANUARY, 2016

 

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“Jesus went out along the sea. All the crowd came to him and he taught them.

As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the customs post.

He said to him, “Follow me.”

And he got up and followed him.

While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him.

Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors and said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

Jesus heard this and said to them (that), “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” – Mark 2:13-17.