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Everything Matters

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

“Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post. He said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him. Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were at table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples, saying, ‘Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?’ Jesus said to them in reply, ‘Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.’” (Luke 5:27-32)

Jesus built the team of apostles. I don't know if I would have picked Levi. I did some research and learned that Levi became one of the four Gospel writers, Matthew. Jesus knew what He was doing all along. It was His sole purpose to reach out to sinners and to forgive.
Levi made a quick decision that day to follow Jesus. Levi was moved by what he heard and then celebrated as he realized it was the right thing to do.
In preparing the reflection, I had heard from another type of team player, Wes Welker, who plays for the Denver Broncos. He was interviewed about how he prepared for his third trip to play in the Super Bowl. Wes stated, "Every rep, every game, everything matters, everything that leads up to the Super Bowl counts, no stone unturned."
I have to believe that Jesus would expect the same from us. Like Levi, I have a choice to do the right thing. Like Wes, I should leave no stone unturned.

Thank You Jesus,

for fulfilling Your mission to seek and reach out to all sinners.

Thank You for forgiving me.

As we begin the Lenten season, lead me to do the right thing today and teach me your way

so that I may be the team player who realizes everything, every choice matters. Amen.

Jackie Jockheck
Marketing and Public Relations Specialist, Avera Health Plans

ISAIAH 58:9B-14 • PSALM 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6• LUKE 5:27-32

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