Daily Gospel Reflection for February 17, 2018

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Today’s Gospel: Luke 5:27-32

What did Jesus see in Levi that made Him call to the tax collector? There were other publicans there, sitting alongside Levi. Why did the Christ only invite Levi to follow Him?

Jesus saw something special in Levi. “For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart” (1 Sam 16:7). Perhaps Jesus saw a generous heart full of longing.

Despite his wealth, Levi knew he was missing something. He trusted that Jesus knew what he was missing and trusted that Jesus could fulfill that need. So he got up, left the emptiness behind, and followed Jesus.

Levi was so excited about his new-found treasure that he wanted to share it with his friends. Who were his friends? Outcasts: other tax collectors, of course, and prostitutes.

Jesus did not shrink away from Levi’s friends. He cared not that the popular and (self-)righteous among the Israelites considered these people deplorable, undesirable, unclean. Jesus knew that they, like all people, needed Him. So He dined with them.

The Great Physician tended to their wounded hearts and souls that day. Those who wanted to be healed were. You have only to be willing to go to the Doctor.

Ponder:

When Jesus looks into your heart, He sees a beautiful soul striving for perfection! What sin or fault do you have that is standing in your way of perfection? Go to the Doctor for the cure.

Pray:

My dear Jesus, my heart longs for You, but I am sinful. Heal me of my sins. Detach me from my fault. Help me to love You better. I trust You with my heart. Amen.


Copyright 2018 Kelly Guest

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God has given Kelly lots of wonderful opportunities to follow Him. She was a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia in Nashville, an education coordinator for a Catholic Charities' program for pregnant teens, a middle school teacher, a director of religious education and is now a youth minister. Her most challenging and rewarding calling, though, is wife and mother of ten children. What she has learned, she blogs at CatholicMom.com.

2 Comments

  1. My favorite part of this is when you say, Levi “left his emptiness behind.” What a wonderful thought for those moments we all have: when we too feel empty, lifeless, worn out and wrung out. These are times when our souls are unwell; and we do need a doctor. Thanks for pointing out the exact Doctor we should seek healing from. 🙂

    • Sometimes I like to wallow in my emptiness. So sad, as Jesus is both the Physician and the Cure. All we need to do is turn to Him. Thanks for sharing your insights.

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