Posted by: livingscripture | February 25, 2012

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

From the Word of the Day

“Jesus saw a tax collector name 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                                                                                                  

How should we live this Word

The Gospel today presents us with a particular conversion, that of Matthew the Publican. Jesus sees Matthew, he looks at him, and he calls him by name.  The call is always personal.  The Lord sees and knows deeply each one’s heart.  He invites us by name and does this where each one is found, in the reality of daily life, even in sinful situations.  God in Jesus knows by experience what we are, our limitations, and our sparks of light, of love, of the desire for something other.

Matthew’s heart is touched byJesus’ gaze and he immediately responds to the words, ‘Follow Me.’ His world is turned upside-down. Matthew is filled with the joy of salvation, of friendship with Jesus, the Son of God and he celebrates!  He organizes a banquet at his home and invites all his friends to come and meet Jesus.

What a lively image of the eternal wedding banquet we will enjoy at the resurrection, already anticipated in our daily or weekly Eucharist!

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on Jesus’ call to conversion, to follow Him more closely and to remain with Him.

Lord Jesus, You are always present in the Eucharist.  Open my eyes and my heart so that I may penetrate and experience this stupendous mystery of faith and love! 

The voice of Silvano Fausti, Theologian and Biblist 

Jesus is the One who saves.  He is the medicine of life for those who accept the invitation to be converted, to stand with Christ.  They eat at the same table.  They eat Him!

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