On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: March 4, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


How blessed are we that the Lord God does not turn His back to us sinners. Otherwise how will we ever be saved? Instead Jesus calls on us to follow Him, on the path to Holiness. But it is up to us to respond to the call. To turn away from our sinful past so that we will have a future.

Deep down we all have a desire to be set free to love the Lord our God as we should. But over the years as we had succumbed to our base desires and placed ourselves above Him, our wills have weakened. If we decide however to follow Jesus, then our yes automatically unites us with His will and we are set free.

Soon the well springs of His love will gush forth from within us and we become instruments of His grace. Our actions for His glory will speak louder than our words ever can.

Glory and Praise be to our Redeemer King! 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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