I know what human dignity means and I show that I respect others.
Levi was a tax collector. Tax collectors were not liked by the people. As well as taking taxes for the Romans, they would take extra money from the people and keep it for themselves. The only friends they had were other tax collectors, who also cheated the people.
One day Jesus was passing by and he saw Levi sitting in his office. Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” Levi got up, left everything and followed Jesus. He gave a big feast in his house for Jesus. He invited his friends – the other tax collectors. He also invited some other people who weren’t usually invited to dinner. They were outcasts. Respectable people wouldn’t have anything to do with them.
Some important people complained to Jesus’ friends. “Why does Jesus eat with people like this?” they asked. Jesus answered them, “I am here for people who need me.”
Levi became one of the Twelve friends of Jesus. His name was changed to Matthew.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.