耶穌做的事往往出人意表，誰會想到祂會召叫最被人輕視、公認為大罪人的稅吏為門徒? 在舊約中，天主對撒慕爾說:「天主的看法與人不同：人看外貌，上主卻看人心。」 (撒上 16:7) 耶穌不在乎肋未犯過什麼過失，祂看到的是這個人的潛力，祂看到的是悔改以後的那位肋未--那位將會成為福音作者之一的瑪竇。
Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him. Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were at table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus said to them in reply,
“Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.”
Jesus has done many things that surprised us. Who would have thought He would choose an immoral outcast to be His disciple? In the Old Testament, the Lord said to Samuel: "God does not see as a mortal, who sees the appearance. The Lord looks into the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7) Jesus did not look at the sins committed by Levi, what He saw was Levi's potential, the person who he can be -- Matthew, one of the authors of the Gospels.
Jesus loves sinners. He humbles Himself to come into our midst. His love for sinner motivated Him to walk towards Calvary. When we are called to sacrifice for those who are despised, let us remember the example Jesus set before us.