A ripple of conversion
I imagine Levi was no longer blue after Jesus invited him to Follow Him in our Gospel of today. Jesus didn’t even need to wrangle him from his post! He got up and followed. Filled with joy, Levi wanted to share it with others and threw a banquet for them. I am sure he invited his old crowd of friends, and they had to see the change in him. He was already evangelizing. Jesus may have gained a few more converts that night. Jesus would say later to the chief priests: “Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you.”
Levi became a convert made by Jesus. Levi communicated the grace Jesus gave him to others that very night at dinner and beyond. Levi, better known as Saint Matthew, has continued to help others to know Christ, as an author of one of the four Gospels. Hopefully, during this season of Lent, we can be like Levi and send off a ripple of the graces we receive. What an effect the Lord had on Levi in their encounter! We should always rejoice, too, that Jesus has come into our life, and He invites us to be His apostle. May we always be faithful to our call to be ambassadors for Christ!
Speaking of authors, we have an author among us. Parishioner Jennifer Boresz Engelking’s first book is coming out on April 19th and is called "Hidden History of Lake County, Ohio," and will be published by The History Press. The book is a collection of stories about some of Lake County’s most well-known people and landmarks, along with stories that have been lost to time. I am sure if you get a copy, she would be happy to autograph it for you. Congratulations Jennifer! God bless and stay safe!
Fr. Steve Breck
Pastor, St. Mary Magdalene