“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Mark 2:17



Jesus said,

“I have come to call

not those who think they are righteous,

but those who know they are sinners.”


– Mark 2:17 (NLT)






Our Lord calls everyone.

How, then, can we explain

the restriction He seems to place here

when He says He has not come to call the righteous?


It is not really a restriction.

Here Jesus takes the opportunity to warn the proud

– those who consider themselves just,

and who think they can be saved by their own efforts.


Our Lord’s words

are an invitation to repentance.

In fact, St. John Chrysostom explains this verse

by putting these words in Jesus’ mouth:

"I am not come that they should continue sinners

but that they should change and become better."






My Lord and my God,

I beseech You,

open my eyes and let me see my weaknesses;

soften my heart and help me humbly admit my wrongs;

penetrate my inner being and remove all my selfishness.


Lord, make me a better person

and rid me of all that is not from You,

and replace it with Your love.


Forgive me, Lord.

Heal me, Lord.

Thank You, Lord.






Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me a sinner.


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