Knowing what we need most can be hard to name, but is worth considering.
We often fill our days and our lives with what we think we need, ignoring invitations to go deeper towards what we most need. The stories of Jesus place him right at that very place of inviting another to go deeper, to see their deepest need and hunger for God. Jesus invites us to "eat at the table" with him. He invites us into a relationship of friendship and soul nourishment no matter who we are or how others might see us. God gives us what we most need.
We are invited to come to the table and to follow Jesus into a life of God-permeated and empowered living. As with Levi, we may then have a desire to have our friends be in the conversation with Jesus, too.
Mark 2:13-17 (NLT)
Jesus Calls Levi (Matthew)
Then Jesus went out to the lakeshore again and taught the crowds that were coming to him. As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at his tax collector's booth. "Follow me and be my disciple." Jesus said to him. So Levi got up and followed him.
Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus' followers.) But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, "Why does he eat with such scum?"
When Jesus heard this, he told them, "Healthy people don't need a doctor--sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners."
For Reflection and Prayer:
What stands out to you as you read/listen to the text?
Where are you in the story?
With whom do you most identify in this story?
What do you sense? What do you need?