February 17, 2024, Saturday After Ash Wednesday, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

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Friends of the Rosary:

Today’s Gospel tells the episode (Lk 5:27-32) of the instant conversion of the tax collector Levi — St. Matthew. Jesus passed by, gazed at Matthew, and simply said, “Follow me.”

“And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him.”

Bishop Barron asks: “Was Jesus responding to a request from Matthew or some longing in the sinner’s heart? Certainly not. Grace, by definition, comes unbidden and without explanation.”

Grace and conversion are creations of the Lord. And, mind you, no matter how hard and accomplished we are, we don’t convert. Only the Lord Jesus converts.

God graciously calls us. Through prayer, we will notice this calling during this Lent.

Ave Maria!
Jesus, I Trust In You!

To Jesus through Mary!
Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will!

+ Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York