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After this he went out, and saw a tax collector, named Levi, sitting at the tax office; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he left everything, and rose and followed him. And Levi made him a great feast in his house; and there was a large company of tax collectors and others sitting at tables with them. And the Pharisees and their scribes murmured against his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
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Welcome back to Radical and Relevant, where we are taking a moment each day to explore the genius of the Gospel. Today's reading is from the Gospel of Luke, 5:27-32. After this, he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the tax office. And he said to him, "Follow me." And he left everything and rose and followed him. And Levi made him a great feast in his house. And there was a large company of tax collectors and others sitting at table with them. And the Pharisees and their scribes murmured against the disciples, saying, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" And Jesus answered them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick, I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." So this is the call of Matthew and he just gets up and he leaves everything behind and he goes.
And I think that's the idea today is how do we respond to the promptings of the Spirit? How do we respond to the call of God? Do we um and ah about it? Do we debate it over and over in our minds? Do we drag our feet? Do we delay? Or do we respond enthusiastically and immediately? Because the Spirit is prompting us throughout the day. Holy Spirit is constantly prompting us. We have to learn to become attuned to those promptings. Holy Spirit wants to open our eyes to say, "Okay, that person over there needs a little bit of help." And when we see that, when the Spirit prompts us in that, do we respond immediately or do we not respond at all? Or do we drag our feet and hope that somebody else does the helping that's needed?
Challenge you today to listen to the Holy Spirit, promptings of the Holy Spirit, invite the Holy Spirit to prompt you, to direct you, to lead you, to coach you, to mentor you, and then to respond immediately, just like we see in the Gospels today. Jesus said to him, "Follow me," and he left everything and rose and followed him. He didn't say, "Oh, come in a week," or, "I'll come in two weeks," or, "Let me think about it." He responded generously to the Spirit. Let's respond generously to the Spirit today. Have an amazing day. God bless you. Remember, be bold, be Catholic.