Conversion

“That finger of Jesus, pointing at Matthew. That’s me. I feel like him. Like Matthew,” he told Fr Spadaro. “It is the gesture of Matthew that strikes me: he holds on to his money as if to say, ‘No, not me! No, this money is mine.’ Here, this is me, a sinner on whom the Lord has turned his gaze. And this is what I said when they asked me if I would accept my election as pontiff.”
-Pope Francis
quoted in the chapter, “Who Am I? A sinner…” in the book, Fioretti, The Little Flowers of Pope Francis, by Andrea Tornielli

“Pope Francis asked people in the crowd to find a quiet time at home or in a church to remember in silence and with gratitude an occasion when they felt that merciful gaze of Christ.” quoted in an article by Cindy Wooden, link here

The rendition of the The Calling of St. Matthew by Caravaggio with narration here

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note: Part of my daily readings during Lent is spiritual books:
Into The Silant Land, A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation by Martin Laird, Fioretti by Andrea Tornielli, and Franciscan Prayer by Ilia Delio. The other book I’m reading is Becoming Wise, An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippet.

The photo of The Calling of St. Matthew is from Khan Academy. org

The Epiphany

The seventh day of the year
one butterfly and seven flowers
The Feast of Epiphany is celebrated today,
when the three wise men followed a bright star and travelled
to visit and pay homage to the divine child, Jesus.
It was written:”they knelt and worshiped him.
“They took out their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh
and gave them to him.”
He lives near the manger but didn’t come to visit
his mind was too far away
like a student busy doing the shoulds and the should nots
with no time left for studies.

He begs forgiveness.

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note: In Catholic Christian churches the Feast of Epiphany was yesterday but celebrated today.

Christian great commandments

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”  Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “

Matthew 22:36-39 (New King James Version)

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photo: altar of the St. Apollinaris Catholic Church, Napa Valley,CA