Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

January 18, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


First Book of Samuel 9:1-4, 17-19, 10:1a

Psalm 21
Mark 2:13-17

When we study today’s Gospel narrative we should be moved by the willingness of Levi, son of Alphaeus, leaving his post to follow Jesus.  Our Lord simply said, “Follow me.” And without hesitation, Levi go up, left his position and followed our Savior.  This is an example of our trust in Jesus to take us on a journey to places we might not otherwise find ourselves.

However, this Gospel reading holds a much deeper message for us as Catholic Christians.  Jesus dined with tax collectors and sinners, the lowliest of the low.  He made Himself available to be at table with people who needed His love and forgiveness in a very desperate way.  But why did he choose Levi?  Our Lord chose him and looked beyond his sinful past.  He could have chosen someone more holy and yet He chose Levi – Matthew.  He read his heart and saw a generous spirit willing to know and live the truth.  It is Christ who calls to us and we must respond.

 The calling in today’s Gospel is known today as “vocation.” Vocation is a perspective that God has called and equipped people to serve Him through their work in the world.  The word vocation comes from the Latin word vocare, which means “to call.”  In Matthew’s case this calling means the work we are called to by God. 

We learn from sacred scripture that God calls us to a far more stable basis for significance.  He wants us to establish our identity in the fact that we are his children, created by Him to carry out good works as responsible people in His kingdom (Eph. 2:10) Our call is irrevocable (Rom. 11:29) 

Let us all remember that the place God calls you to, is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger for Him meet. 

Question of the Day:  Will you “follow” Jesus without question and without apprehension?

Prayer:  “Save us, Savior of the world.  For by Your cross and Resurrection you have set us free.”  (From the Liturgy of the Eucharist – Eucharistic Prayer III – The Mystery of Faith)



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