Gospel thought for Saturday 20th February After Ash Wednesday

Gospel – Luke 5:27-32

After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up, left everything, and followed him.

Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house; and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting at the table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to his disciples, saying,

“Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

Jesus answered, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

The Gospel of the Lord

The Mass intention is for Kath Staniland, RIP


My friends in today’s Gospel Saint Luke reminds us that the call to follow the way of Jesus involves commitment and trust. Levi, a man considered to be a religious outcast, responds totally to this call by walking away from his way of living, to follow Jesus. How is this possible?

Perhaps its because Jesus calls Levi’s name with love, forgiveness and complete acceptance. When Levi is called with love, he responds with love.

Jesus ‘noticed’ Levi sitting by the customs house. How often do we notice those who ‘are sick and need a doctor’. Those who are in need of healing rather than judgment, through a kind word; a listening ear; a smile or just some encouragement

  • Do you hear Jesus call your name with Love? And like Levi, do you respond in Love?
  • How often do you notice those who are sick, in need of a healing word or touch, rather than judgment, a listening ear; a smile or just some encouragement