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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

“As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the customs post. Jesus said to him, ‘Follow me.’” (Mark 2: 14)

In today's first reading, we learn that Saul was off hunting down his father's runaway asses when he was anointed king of Israel, "commander over the Lord's heritage." In the Gospel, Levi (most likely the apostle Matthew) was collecting taxes when Jesus called him. Saul and Levi are among a large cast of those called by God when going about their daily business. Top-of mind cast members include Moses tending his father-in-law's flock, the men fishing who are called to apostleship and David who was also tending sheep.

Does that mean that God might "call" you today while you are selling cars, wiping runny noses, typing invoices, changing hospital beds, mopping floors, filling prescriptions, diagnosing illnesses, copying forms or whatever your daily business? Perhaps you may be invited today to a different way of living out your relationship with God. But more than that, I think these stories serve as a reminder to us to be holy and in relationship with God right where we are. God comes to us where we are, in the nitty-gritty stuff of everyday. So, let's just give this day the best we have, and know that in itself is an answer to God's persistent call.


Most loving God,

You are very near and ever-calling us.

Help us to respond “yes” to You today. Amen.


Clare Willrodt
Marketing and Public Relations Associate, Avera

1 SAMUEL 9:1-4, 17-19; 10:1• PSALM 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 • MARK 2:13-17

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