THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
MEET, LIVE, SHARE CHRIST - 4
Today’s gospel: Luke 5:27-32
The pattern of restoration, renewal and becoming a true Christian
remains the same. One meets Christ, then lives Christ, then
shares Christ. This was true as well about Levi.
met Christ. “After this he went out and saw a tax collector
named Levi sitting at the customs post. He said to him, ‘Follow
me.’” (v.27). God arranges our personal encounter
with Jesus, in the normal day-to-day circumstances of our
lives. We are not necessarily looking for him, we may be engrossed
in our daily concerns and responsibilities, we may be in sin,
but somehow we meet. When we do, if we are open, then Jesus
issues an invitation.
lived Christ. “And leaving everything behind, he got
up and followed him.” (v.28). A true encounter with
Jesus changes us. We experience metanoia. Our priorities
are overturned. What were important to us assume relative
unimportance, compared to a new life in Christ. We leave our
old life, and walk along a new path with Jesus.
shared Christ. “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.” (v.29). Starting to live Christ
is an exhilarating experience. We are filled with unexplainable
joy. We need to celebrate. We need to share our good fortune.
We then invite those in our circles of influence to come together
and meet Jesus.
Much of the world will be antagonistic to the call to live
the life of God. Many people will not readily see how crucial
it is for their lives to meet and live Christ. Many will always
find something to criticize. “The Pharisees and their
scribes complained to his disciples, saying, ‘Why do
you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?’”
it is precisely with sinners that we share Christ. “Jesus
said to them in reply, ‘Those who are healthy do not
need a physician, but the sick do.’” (v.31). People
in the world do not realize how sick they are, how far from
the plan of God they are, how their very spiritual well-being
and entry into heaven are endangered.
is precisely for sinners that God sent His very own Son Jesus
into the world. “I have not come to call the righteous
to repentance but sinners.” (v.32). Unfortunately, everyone
is in need of repentance. Very few in world can be considered
to be truly righteous. There is much work to be done.
need to share Christ, so that many others will meet Christ,
and begin to live Christ.