Jesus went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, â€œFollow me.â€ And he got up, left everything, and followed him.
Â Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house; and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting at the table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to his disciples, saying, â€œWhy do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?â€ Jesus answered, â€œThose who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance.â€
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.