Voices ever ancient, ever new. Lent: Saturday after Ash Wednesday

“Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were at table with them.” (Luke 5:29)

Saint Ambrose of Milan offers the following insight on this verse from today’s Gospel:

“People are hungry when Christ is absent and they lack the abundance of good desserts. Truly, one for whom his own virtue suffices for pleasure, who receives Christ in his own home, prepares a great feast. It is a spiritual banquet of good works, at which the rich people go without and the poor one feasts. It says, “The sons of the Bridegroom cannot fast while the Bridegroom is with them.” (Exposition of the Gospel of Luke, 5)

Almighty ever-living God,
look with compassion on our weakness
and ensure us your protection
by stretching forth the right hand of your majesty.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Glory to You Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning is now
and will be forever. Amen.