On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 13, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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O Lord my God You see the error of my ways.  You have seen my wicked streaks. You have heard the curses muttered under my breath. You know I have been selfish, self centred. And at times lazy. And yet I hear You calling me to follow You.

How can I continue to wallow in my sins? How can I ignore the sweet voice of my Lord and God? How can I not want new life and hope?

Yes Lord see me running towards You! Thank You sweet Jesus for seeking me out. For embracing me when no one would. Thank You Lord for Your great mercy and love. I strive to follow Your ways, to be loving and merciful to all I meet. 

Glory and Praise to my Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

First reading
Isaiah 58:9-14

The Lord says this:

If you do away with the yoke,
the clenched fist, the wicked word, if you give your bread to the hungry, and relief to the oppressed, your light will rise in the darkness, and your shadows become like noon.

The Lord will always guide you, giving you relief in desert places.

He will give strength to your bones and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water whose waters never run dry.

You will rebuild the ancient ruins, build up on the old foundations.

You will be called ‘Breach-mender’, ‘Restorer of ruined houses.’

If you refrain from trampling the sabbath, and doing business on the holy day, if you call the Sabbath ‘Delightful’, and the day sacred to the Lord ‘Honourable’, if you honour it by abstaining from travel, from doing business and from gossip, then shall you find your happiness in the Lord and I will lead you triumphant over the heights of the land.

I will feed you on the heritage of Jacob your father. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Gospel
Luke 5:27-32

Jesus noticed a tax collector, Levi by name, sitting by the customs house, and said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And leaving everything he got up and followed him.

  In his honour Levi held a great reception in his house, and with them at table was a large gathering of tax collectors and others. The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples and said, ‘Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?’ Jesus said to them in reply, ‘It is not those who are well who need the doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the virtuous, but sinners to repentance.’

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