5th MARCH 2022

My Reflections...: Reflection for February 20 Saturday after Ash Wednesday:  Luke 5:27-32

SATURDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY

 

Is 58: 9-14;                 Ps 86: 1-6;                  Lk 5: 27-32


   

LEAVING ALL THINGS, TO FOLLOW HIM

On the brink of the new year, a family set out to celebrate together, away from the hustle and bustle of life. Grandfather, father, mother and two children drove into a deep forest, expecting to find peace and solace, far from the noisy city. However, in the forest, they missed a turn, and the GPS on their phone lost its signal. The battery dying, the family panicked. Having stopped in the middle of nowhere, they despaired. After about five minutes of complete darkness, a light shone from afar. It was the village sarpanch taking his night walk with a bright torch. He noticed the vehicle and came to offer assistance. Soon, he managed getting help from the village folk and the family found their way out of their desperate situation.

Levi in the Gospel of today is like that family; he had found himself in a very hopeless and dark situation. He had nowhere to go and even though it seemed like he had his life in order, spiritually, he was distraught. In his heart, he yearned for a beacon to light his path to salvation. When Jesus came to him, it was this earnest longing in his heart that answered the divine call without hesitation and, “leaving all things, he rose up and followed him.”

Just like ‘luck is where opportunity meets preparation’ (quote by Denzel Washington), salvation is where our hope and faith meet Jesus. Sometimes we allow ourselves to get bogged down with worry, despair and lose our peace. In the words of Nicole C. Calhoun: “If we let our worries overpower our faith in God, we do not give the Word of God the opportunity to produce God’s truth in our lives.” So, just like Levi, no matter what our past or circumstance, we must always hope in the Lord. For when he calls us, we can readily leave our shores behind, set our hearts upon the deep and follow him knowing that he will lead us faithfully.


Response: Teach me, O Lord, your way, so that I may walk in your truth.


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