Saturday after Ash Wednesday

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 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,...

First Saturday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD First Saturday of Ordinary Time 18 January 2020 WORD of the DAY Once again he went out along the sea. All the crowd came to him and he taught them. As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him. Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors and said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus heard this and said to them [that], “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” (Mark 2: 13-17) How shall I live this Word? Having embraced our human nature, Jesus acts in a fully human way. In today’s Gospel, we meet Him in the home of Levi, the rich tax collector. He is at dinner with many invited guests who are not models of...