Saturday after Ash Wednesday
Lord, I offer my silence to you today, knowing that in the stillness I most easily hear your voice.
Stephen Noon SJ
Entering into Prayer
Stilling: Take a few minutes to become still. God is Present: God is with you. Ask God to inspire you and lead you in your prayer time. Ask for what you desire. What gift, what grace do you need right now?
Today's Scripture (Luke 5: 27-32)
Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him. Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were at table with them.
The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples, saying, “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.”
Food for Thought
Jesus calls Levi right in the middle of his work and he follows him. Luke says that Levi had prepared a great banquet in his house. In the Gospel of Mark and Matthew, it seemed that the banquet was in Jesus’ house. Either way, Jesus chooses to sit at table with sinners and the ‘unclean’.This causes great anger among the religious authorities. It was forbidden to sit at table with tax collectors and sinners, because to sit at table with someone meant to treat them as an accepted family member! Jesus comes to invite us to share life with him in our imperfection and weakness. He has come to gather the dispersed, to reintegrate the excluded, to reveal Abba, the God who accepts and embraces all.
Suggestions for Prayer
Love bade me welcome. Yet my soul drew back
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning, If I lacked any thing.
A guest, I answered, worthy to be here: Love said, You shall be he.
I the unkind, ungrateful? Ah my dear,
I cannot look on thee.
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
Who made the eyes but I?
Truth Lord, but I have marred them: let my shame
Go where it doth deserve.
And know you not, says Love, who bore the blame?
My dear, then I will serve.
You must sit down, says Love, and taste my meat So I did sit and eat.
Using the poem: Note what attracts you. Stay with any image or phrase that strikes you. Let what has attracted you lead you into a conversation with God. What might God be saying to you?
How are you going to respond today?
How can I be aware today of God’s mercy to myself and to others?
Image for the Day
- What does this image say to you?
- What would you say to Jesus if you could sit or walk with him today?
- What do you think Jesus would say to you?
let me be still and at peace, just for a few moments, in the busy-ness of my day.
Let me be attentive to where I have been and where I am headed.
And let me see where you have been present in my life today. Amen. Adrian Porter SJ