March 8, 2014
SATURDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY
This Gospel illustrates two key points of our faith. The first is Christ’s calling of Levi. Levi left everything behind to follow him. At the time, tax collectors were some of the wealthiest men. So when Levi left “everything,” he in fact left a very comfortable life. Similarly, we may be called from a comfortable lifestyle in order to serve God. We are never forced to follow his calling though. It is through our proper discernment and utilization of free will that we must follow his call.
The second main point from this Gospel is Jesus’ statement on calling sinners to repentance. At times, it may seem that our spiritual life has become stagnant. We may see others, whom we view as not having a strong faith life or religious background, reap benefits from “finding God.” It is at times like this that we must focus on the love of God. God is happy with us when we have a strong prayer life and are continuing to speak with him. We also know that God will never forsake us. But, it brings him even more joy when a sinner has returned to a state of grace. Knowing this, we should take great joy for every person who repents. This is a victory against Satan.
Class of 2014
Major: Biochemistry and Genetics
Future Plans: I plan to pursue a Ph. D. in Genetics and perform cancer research.
St. Mary’s Catholic Center will post a daily reflection from a student, former student, or staff member every day of Lent. We have compiled these reflections into a handout, given to our students on Ash Wednesday. (0)