Saturday after Ash Wednesday
Book of the Prophet Isaiah 58:9b-14, Psalm 86:1-6, & Luke 5:27-32
In today's Gospel narrative, Jesus calls Levi (Matthew), the tax collector, to become one of His followers. During that time, this was a surprising and unique call, given that a tax collector was considered one of the greatest sinners in the community. Jesus called Matthew to be His follower and allowed him to follow the path to conversion. Matthew responded to the call. He stopped his wicked ways and welcomed Jesus into his home. They criticized our Lord for this, but Matthew saw the love. In response, Jesus said, "Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners."
Sisters and brothers, we are again reminded of the goal of Lent; repentance! Many are sinners and continue to sin. The entire world requires repentance. There is a need to change. Again, our faith gives us this opportune time to reflect and see how our relationship with God has brought us closer to Him. As with Matthew, no one is so bad that the Lord will not give him a chance to repent. Life is short, and Reconciliation is available to all. Amen to that!
Question of the Day: Will you consider taking advantage of the sacrament of Reconciliation during this Lenten season?
Prayer: "I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked man, says the Lord, but rather in his conversion, that he may live."