Homily (Reflection) for Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time (II) (18th January, 2020) on the Gospel
Blessed Virgin Mary (B.V.M) on Saturday, Opt Mem
1Sam 9:1-4.17-19; 10:1;
Ps 20:2-7 (R. v.2);
Mk 2:13-17.

Topic: Yes, you too can.
In today’s gospel, Levi son of Alphaeus was called by Jesus while sitting at the tax booth. His call ushered in a dinner in which Jesus and His disciples ate and drank with tax collectors and sinners. The sight of this made the scribes to question.
In the Jewish culture, tax collectors were not just among the worst sinners but they did not even have the chance of repenting. Based on this, imagine how the scribes viewed Jesus dinning and wining in Levi’s house among sinners and tax collectors.
This notwithstanding, Jesus called him to follow Him just as He called Peter, Andrew, James, and John who were fishermen, cf. Mk 1:16-20. Levi is a saint of God.
Many think they would have been wonderful people for God if not for this or that mistake. These sometimes see themselves as objects of scorn to both God and humans.
Dear brother/sister, irrespective of your mistakes you still have equal opportunity with everybody before God. And God is calling you today just as Levi was called. If only you will follow Him today, you will be admired by all. Yes, you too can make it. Just respond positively to God’s call today. He is already at your door knocking to dine and wine with you not minding your state, cf. Rev. 3:20. Will you let God in?
And to specialists in criticism, Jesus is saying to you: “I have come to call not the righteous but sinners” (Mk 2:17b). Encourage God’s children to come back to God and stop scattering them with criticisms. We all can repent from our evil ways and become saints.
Bible Reading: Is 1:2-20.
Thought for today: God is calling you to follow Him.
Let us pray: Lord, help us in our weaknesses as we struggle towards you – Amen.
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