February 20, 2021
Each day during Lent, I will be highlighting a Lenten Word (or phrase) of the Day from the readings of the day. I encourage you to reflect on this word or phrase throughout the day and incorporate it in your daily prayer.
Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” (Luke 5:27)
FOLLOW ME: With these simple words, Jesus called his disciples. With these simple words, Jesus calls us.
I find the simplicity of the words fascinating. Jesus made no attempt to offer a longer discourse on the advantages of following him or a “Top Ten Best Reasons to Follow Jesus” list. Instead, using the strategy of adverting firms everywhere, Jesus leaves people wanting more.
Jesus does not demand; he invites. His hope is that we will accept the invitation, opening up the full story for us to experience: The love Jesus offers us; the compassion he has for the poor and marginalized; his desire for us to enter the Kingdom of God; and ultimately, the sacrifice he made for us.
Jesus’ invitation, “Follow me,” is particularly compelling during the Lenten season, a time during which we hope to draw nearer to him. It is difficult to do that from a distance.
So, if you are serious about strengthening your relationship with Jesus Christ this Lent, accept his invitation – follow him.