Why is it that Levi, rather than the religious keepers of the law, responds so generously to the invitation of Jesus? He desperately wants what Jesus has to offer – he finds grace irresistible. He feels the pain of sin and the suffering that comes from failure. He feels the rejection of his people brought about because of his job.
He is free to accept this invitation to change – an invitation for personal renewal. Where are we in this story?
At times, are we unbending, too much concerned with the wrongs of others, too quick to cover over our mistakes, too caught up in what really does not matter, too quick to judge others? Do we need to accept an invitation to change?