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. Then Levi gave a great banquet for Him, in his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were at the table with them. (Part of today’s readings Luke 5:27-32)
When I read this today I thought, “How often does the Lord call me to be friends with Him, and I do not answer?” I can say there have been many. At times we get so caught up in being “servants” of God, we forget He desires our “friendship” as well. This lead me to thinking, “What do we do with our friends?”
Some of the best days of our lives are spent with our friends and family members. We share meals with them, much like Levi. We go shopping, play golf, ride horses, laugh, cry, take walks, and share our inner most secrets. When they ask us to “go with them” we never hesitate.
Jesus walked with the Apostles on earth calling them “friends.” The “grace” of friendship with our Lord, is a wonderful thing. He wants and desires to be our most “Intimate Friend.” Like most of our friends do, He forgives us all of our failures.
St. Faustina said, “Lord help me not to waste your graces.” I know in my life, this is one I have wasted many times. The “grace of friendship.”
I think we would be so much happier if we would settle down, and be “friends” with Jesus. Quit stressing over all of our failures, trusting in His mercy and forgiveness. Sit down or go for a walk and have a talk with Him. Most of all when He calls do like Levi, “Get up and follow Him.”
We must understand many different graces are given to us. The main thing, is that we “recognize our graces” and “remain faithful” to their inspirations. They are given to us, out of great love.
God Bless, SR