Morning Prayer: 16 January – Mark 2:13-17 ~ guess who’s coming to dinner

Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Sentence

The Lord has sent me to bring the good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives. (Luke 4:17)

Morning Reading:Mark 2:13-17(NLT)

Then Jesus went out to the lakeshore again and taught the crowds that were coming to him. As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Levi got up and followed him.

Jesus summons Matthew to leave the tax office Jan Sanders van Hemessen, 1536 Alte Pinakothek, Munich

Jesus summons Matthew to leave the tax office
Jan Sanders van Hemessen, 1536
Alte Pinakothek, Munich

Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.) But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?”

When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor — sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

Morning Prayer

Christ became man to make me a child of God and he intercedes for me before God my Father. Thank you, Lord, for your loving mercy; open to me the treasures of your love.

+ You have enlightened me in baptism with water and fire – I consecrate my day to you.
+ Hide your word in my heart and teach me – may your word bear good fruit in me.
+ Fill me with your praise today – may I take your word with me wherever I may go.
+ Give me courage when things go wrong – strengthen me with faith in you, with hope in your promises and with love of your will.

Let the splendour of the Resurrection light up my heart and mind, Lord, scattering the shadow of death and bringing me to the radiance of eternity. Through my Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

“Always Enough” – Kari Jobe

Blessing

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (Revelation 1:5b-6)

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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