Saturday after Ash Wednesday

February 29, 2020

WORD of the DAY

After this he went out and 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. (Luke 5: 27-28)

How shall I live this Word?

A few words of Jesus and a rapid scene, both peaceful and authoritative at the same time. Levi is a government worker whose job consisted in collecting the money that each one had to give to the proper authority. It was not pleasant work, but that sometimes offered the occasion to subtract something from the taxes, and put it in one’s pockets.
Here we see evident the power with which Jesus calls. That brief command, ‘Follow me’ certainly comes from the heart of Christ the Lord; it is not a cold obligation, because in Jesus, every call is a command woven with love.
We understand this well when the evangelist narrates that Jesus cordially participates at the lunch to which He has been invited by Levi and his friends who are anything but saints. To the hypocritical Pharisees who murmured, criticizing Jesus’ presence there as a serene diner, Jesus gives them a truth that should have brought light to them and to everyone. “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners so that they may be converted.”

Lord, the question You provoke in me is very strong and unavoidable . Is it not true that I too am called by You to convert my heart there where it is still rather closed to the love that God wants in my life?

The voice of Mother Teresa of Calcutta
By blood and origin, I am Albanese. I have Indian nationality. I am a Catholic religious. Through my vocation, I belong to the entire world. However, my heart belongs entirely to the heart of Jesus.
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy E-mail: Website: Blog: Comment by Sr. Maria Pia Giudici, FMA

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