Get the free PrayUDJ Prayer App
Apple  Android 

January 19, 2019

Mk 2:13-17

Jesus went out again beside the sea; the whole crowd gathered around him, and he taught them. As he was walking along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. And as he sat at dinner in Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were also sitting with Jesus and his disciples—for there were many who followed him.

When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” When Jesus heard this, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Invitation to walk with Jesus

There is a famous Caravaggio painting that depicts the call of Levi which we read about in today’s Gospel. The painting is an incredible study in light and darkness. Bright light through a window behind Jesus shines directly on Levi’s face. This same light catches Jesus’ outstretched hand as he interrupts the counting of money and gestures towards Levi. You can almost hear Levi’s response—“What? You want me?”

This encounter, frozen in time and space, echoes one of those moments described in today’s passage from Hebrews when God’s word is described as “living and effective, dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow…it judges the reflections and thoughts of the heart.”

It is good for each of us to pay attention to God’s movements within our own hearts. Perhaps Jesus isn’t as direct with us as with Levi. Yet Jesus invites each person to walk with him more closely. Jesus invites me to understand anew just how he is truly my way, my truth, my life…here and now, this week, this month. How do I respond?

—The Jesuit Prayer team

Prayer

Why, then, do I fear?
God is here, deep within, forever:
Life grandly vibrant,
Love scandalously flagrant,
yet  heart quietly homing
and lord wisely lording.
But, then—why do I fear?

—Excerpted of “The Inmost Fear” by David Hassel, SJ, published in Hearts on Fire: Praying with the Jesuits

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Welcome to PrayUDJ.org!

St. Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits, taught that a daily prayer practice helps us to discover God at work in our lives. The University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy invites you to join us in this Ignatian tradition of prayer, reflection, and discovery.



    Connect
with us
   

uofdjesuit.org

Submit a Prayer Request

ARCHIVES

SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031    
       
     12
       
    123
25262728   
       
  12345
6789101112
       
   1234
262728    
       
       
       
      1
       

January 19, 2019

Mk 2:13-17

Jesus went out again beside the sea; the whole crowd gathered around him, and he taught them. As he was walking along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. And as he sat at dinner in Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were also sitting with Jesus and his disciples—for there were many who followed him.

When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” When Jesus heard this, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Invitation to walk with Jesus

There is a famous Caravaggio painting that depicts the call of Levi which we read about in today’s Gospel. The painting is an incredible study in light and darkness. Bright light through a window behind Jesus shines directly on Levi’s face. This same light catches Jesus’ outstretched hand as he interrupts the counting of money and gestures towards Levi. You can almost hear Levi’s response—“What? You want me?”

This encounter, frozen in time and space, echoes one of those moments described in today’s passage from Hebrews when God’s word is described as “living and effective, dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow…it judges the reflections and thoughts of the heart.”

It is good for each of us to pay attention to God’s movements within our own hearts. Perhaps Jesus isn’t as direct with us as with Levi. Yet Jesus invites each person to walk with him more closely. Jesus invites me to understand anew just how he is truly my way, my truth, my life…here and now, this week, this month. How do I respond?

—The Jesuit Prayer team

Prayer

Why, then, do I fear?
God is here, deep within, forever:
Life grandly vibrant,
Love scandalously flagrant,
yet  heart quietly homing
and lord wisely lording.
But, then—why do I fear?

—Excerpted of “The Inmost Fear” by David Hassel, SJ, published in Hearts on Fire: Praying with the Jesuits

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!