Homily (Reflection) for Saturday after Ash Wednesday (13th February, 2016) on the Gospel


Is 58:9-14;
Ps 85:1-6. (R. v.11);
Lk 5:27-32.

Topic: Time of grace.
Very often we write people off for both the reasons that are real and the imaginary ones. And we know that such records are seldom revised. In today’s gospel, the Pharisees and their scribes complained against Jesus and His disciples eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners. As we know these groups were written off.

Jesus replies them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance” (Lk 5:31-32).

Lent is a special time of grace. We all are being called just as Levi is called today in the gospel. And we are expected to respond following his example; he left everything and followed Jesus with great joy. The joy was made manifest especially in the great banquet he gave in his house. Do not to follow Jesus as if under compulsion.

Finally, be ashamed of sin and not of the fact that we all are sinners. Let us rise and follow Jesus who paid fully for our sins.

Bible Reading: Matt 10:37-39.

Thought for today: Get up, leave everything, and follow Jesus.

Let us pray: Lord, give us a heart like Levi’s to be able to leave everything and follow joy with joy – Amen.

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