Homily (Reflection) for Saturday after Ash Wednesday (4th March, 2017) on the Gospel
Is 58:9-14;Ps 85:1-6. (R. v.11);
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. However, Jesus replied 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).
On the other hand, we sometimes write ourselves off. We think that we have committed so much that we can no longer be forgiven. But this is not true. God lovingly invites all, “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool” (Is 1:18).
Lent is a special time of grace. God is calling us just as Levi is called in today’s gospel. We are expected to respond following his example; he left everything and followed Jesus with great joy. We should not harden our hearts, cf. Ps 95:8. Levi’s joy was made manifest especially in the great banquet he gave in his house.
Finally, be ashamed of sin and not of the fact that we all are sinners, cf. Rom 3:23; 1Jn 1:10. Let us rise and follow Jesus who has 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 you with joy – Amen.
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