Saturday 17 February 2024

About Today Readings

Seven Founders of the Servites

Isaiah 58:9–14. Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may be faithful in your sight – Psalm 85(86):1–6. Luke 5:27–32.

May your light rise in the darkness

Today’s Gospel is a little confusing. It says that Levi left everything to follow Jesus. Then, in the next breath, Levi is hosting a party for Jesus in his house. Clearly, he has not quite left his house, let alone all the trappings you need to entertain a large gathering. Perhaps the situation makes us ask what ‘leaving everything’ might mean. It may well refer to leaving behind our pettiness, our harsh judgments, our preconceptions of both God and others. It could mean taking the journey from hostility to hospitality. Every year we take the same journey over the 40 days of Lent as we commit ourselves to growing closer to God, who stops at nothing to get close to us. The prophet Isaiah asks us to leave behind anger and selfishness, to reach out to others, so ‘your light will rise in the darkness and your shadows become like noon’.

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