[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.] (Lk. 5:27)
Once again we see Jesus extending mercy to a sinner. In this case He reaches out to Levi, one of the twelve Apostles. Jesus simply looked at him, and asked Levi to follow Him. Apparently Jesus’s gaze pierced Levi’s heart so much so that he left everything behind to follow Jesus.
Are you ready to let go of your sins in order to follow Jesus? What about that sin you secretly enjoy? When reflecting on his own conversion St Augustine recognized that at one and the same time he begged God to take the demon of lust away from him and to wait a bit before extinguishing it. “Lord, make me pure, but not yet” (St. Augustine’s Confessions).
At the beginning of your Lenten journey are you willing to allow Jesus’s gaze to penetrate your heart so deeply so that He can uproot that sin you secretly enjoy, that sin you’re hesitant to let go of? Levi was. St. Augustine was. Are you?