Jesus calls us to Repentance


FEBRUARY 20, 2021 

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

WORD of the DAY 

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.” (Luke 5: 27 – 32)

How shall I live this Word?  

Jesus thus dismisses the criticisms of people who did not tolerate His too friendly relationship with sinners, prostitutes, and various sinners. “It is not the healthy who need a doctor but the sick.”  Everyone, even the healthy, suffers from a common disease: not feeling loved. Jesus comes to meet us to restore the existential state that makes us take back our life.  However, this happens only if we think we need it, only then does He sit at the table of our daily life, since Jesus, for those who do not believe themselves self-sufficient, is the One who can change our life. Matthew followed Him.  It is so simple but at the same time so complicated to understand all this. Conversion is not so much about what we do, but how we look at things. Conversion is an alteration of the gaze, of the point of view, of the visual. Finding life changed, like Levi/Matthew finds it, happens only if Jesus is a life and not an intellectual option.

Teacher, we ask You to give us the courage to put our life on the line, to -get up’ and follow You, in the knowledge that Your Word, if lived, will never disappoint us.

The Voice of  Paulo Coelho, Writer

We can have all the means of communication in the world, but nothing, absolutely nothing, replaces the gaze of the human being.

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