(Follow me. And he got up and followed him.)
As Jesus was walking on
he saw a man named Matthew
sitting by the customs house,
and he said to him,
And he got up and followed him.
While he was at dinner in the house
it happened that a number of tax collectors
and sinners came to sit at the table
with Jesus and his disciples.
When the Pharisees saw this,
they said to his disciples,
“Why does your master eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
When he heard this he replied,
“It is not the healthy who need the doctor,
but the sick.
Go and learn the meaning of the words:
What I want is mercy,
And indeed I did not come
to call the virtuous,
The Gospel of the Lord.
R.) Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.