Saturday, February 28, 2009
Saturday after Ash Wednesday
Luke's Gospel tells us how Jesus called Levi who was sitting at the customs post. Jesus simply said, "Follow me." And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him.
That is extraordinary but many have done the same. They are attentive to hear the call and leave all to follow the one who loves them.
Levi gave a great banquet for Jesus in his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were at table with him. Of course, the Pharisees and the scribes complained to his disciples and asked, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" Jesus said to them in reply, "Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners."
Jesus continues to call us and we are free to answer his call or not as he never forces anyone to follow him. Still, as the Good Shepherd, he is out there seeking the strayed and lost.
Today is the last day of February. Tomorrow is the First Sunday of Lent. The Psalm response is "Teach me your way, O lord, that I may walk in your truth."