Saturday, February 16, 2013

Saturday after Ash Wednesday
As He said to Levi, Jesus says to all of us, “Follow me.”  God wants us to turn back to Him and follow Him. The Gospel tells us that the Lord came to call the sinners to repentance, not the righteous. Our loving God knows that we are not perfect. Yet, He is always there to call us back to Him.

The psalm for today entreats God to teach us His ways so that we can walk in His truth. Learning His ways allows us to answer His call to follow Him. We are continually learning, continually making mistakes, continually sorry, and continually forgiven. The Lord is there for us through it all, loving us and forgiving us. Our relationship with Him is dependent on us and how much time and effort we put into prayer and living out His love.

In the first reading, we hear that if we help those in need, do not oppress, and do not speak falsely or maliciously, God will guide us, provide for us, and renew us. The Gospel and the psalm focus on our relationship with God while the first reading focuses on our relationship with others and receiving God’s grace from treating others with kindness. Isaiah’s reading reminds us that we are to live for God, not ourselves and our interests.  Light will shine from us as our hearts overflow from God’s love and joy.
Gracious and merciful Lord, help us to be like Levi, to get up and follow You and to learn from You so that we can walk in Your truth.

Tracy Peterka, ‘13
First Reading: Isaiah 58:9b-14
Psalm 86:1-6
Gospel: Luke 5:27-32

Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website

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