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Saturday after Ash Wednesday

February 16, 2013

JMJ


Blessed Saturday!

Entrance Antiphon:
Answer us, Lord, for Your mercy is kind;
in the abundance of Your mercies, look upon us.

Collect:
Almighty ever-living God,
look with compassion on our weakness
and ensure us Your protection
by stretching forth the right hand of Your majesty.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Readings:
Isaiah 58:9-14 (obeying God’s law brings new hope)
Psalm 86:1-6 “Teach me Your way, O Lord, that I may be faithful in Your sight”
+Luke 5:27-32 (Jesus came for sinners)

You are the prime collaborator
in God’s ongoing creation
of…you!
(No, He’s not done yet!)

And although He will never give up on you…

The healthy do not need a doctor;
sick people do.
I have not come to invite the righteous to a change of heart,
but sinners.
~Luke 5:32

…it helps if you follow directions!

If you remove from your midst oppression,
false accusation and malicious speech;
if you bestow your bread on the hungry
and satisfy the afflicted;
the light shall rise for you in the darkness,
and the gloom shall become for you like midday…
if you hold back your foot on the Sabbath
from following your own pursuits on My holy day…
then you shall delight in the Lord
-Isaiah 58:9-10, 13, 14

If…then…

Leaving absolutely everything behind,
Levi stood up and became His follower
-Luke 5:28

Levi (now better known as St. Matthew)
did what Jesus said.
He left behind his own pursuits.
He left behind oppression (extorting taxes).
He left behind malicious speech.
He bestowed his bread on the hungry
and satisfied the afflicted.

After that Levi gave a great reception for Jesus in his house,
in which he was joined by a large crowd
of…tax collectors and sinners.
-Luke 5:29, 30

He found delight in the Lord!
Light rose for him
in the darkness.

He became
who God created him to be.

He’s now among the vast cloud of witnesses
encompassing us
in the great race
for Heaven
(see Hebrews 12:1).

Let’s follow him!

What vision will inspire you to give up even the smallest occasions of oppression, false accusation,
malicious speech and making Sunday your day instead of the Lord’s day?

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