Isaiah 58:9-14 / Luke 5:27-42
The season of Lent has a penitential orientation for us.
It constantly reminds us of the need for repentance and conversion.
Of course that means that we are going to be reminded of our sinfulness.
Sinfulness might seem to be an abstract subject for reflection and self-examination.
But when we reflect on our inter-personal relationships, we would immediately come to see that there are areas in our relationships with others that we have crumbled.
The 1st reading mentioned two graphic images that we can easily identify with - the clenched fist and the wicked word.
Yet when we confess our sinfulness in our relationships with others as well as with God, then we shall become like a watered garden and a spring of water that will never run dry.
Indeed, during this season of Lent, Jesus wants us to know that He came to call sinners to repentance.
Sinfulness makes us sick in the spirit. Jesus is our Healer. Let us turn away from our sinfulness and follow Him as Levi did.