The effects of our repentance

Saturday, February 13, 2016

 The effects of our repentance
Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Today’s gospel has the call of Jesus to a most unlikely person- Levi, a tax collector.  Levi not only followed Jesus but treated him as a good friend by giving a banquet for Jesus in his home. The Scribes and Pharisees were upset with this but what they didn’t realize is that in choosing to follow Jesus Levi changed his life around.   He did what we are called to do when we get our ashes on Ash Wednesday and that is to “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”    The reading from Isaiah today enumerates the effects of our repentance

• Light shall rise for you in the darkness
• Gloom shall become for you like midday
• The Lord will guide you always and give you plenty even on the parched land
• He will renew your strength
• You will be like a watered garden, like a spring whose water never fails

Stanza from a song used today in Magnificat Feb 2016 p. 174

You have promised to forgive
Contrite sinners who repent;
So I come with humbled heart,
By your word made confident.
I have sinned, Lord, I have sinned;
Well I know my wickedness,
Yet I make this prayer to you:
Lord, forgive me, heal and bless.

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