Posted by: livingscripture | September 21, 2009

Twenty Fifth Monday – Feast of St. Matthew

From the Word of the Day 


As Jesus passed by, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post.  He said to him, ‘Follow me.’  And he got up and followed him.

                                                                                                    (Matthew 9, 9)                                            

 How should we live this Word

 Today we celebrate the feast of St. Matthew, apostle and evangelist.  The Gospel recounts his call, a theme that is of interest to everyone because every person has a vocation to realize in life.  Matthew was at his customs post as usual when Jesus passed by.  Seeing him, he said, ‘Follow me’.  Matthew got up and followed Him.  There are no other clarifications.  Perhaps Matthew had already heard Jesus or at least, had heard of Him.  At any rate, at that particular moment in the life of this man who was despised by his neighbors because he collaborated with the oppressor, Jesus initiated an encounter.  The Teacher calls and Matthew responds.Matthew 3

 The second part of the passage throws light on Matthew’s sentiments regarding his call.  In fact, he throws a party to which publicans and sinners come.  The Pharisees, who are always ready to point their finger, ask how Jesus can eat with such persons.  Jesus’ response is linear and clear.  “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.  Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice’.  I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”  Matthew certainly recognized himself in Jesus’ words and probably we do too.  He had personally experienced God’s mercy that calls sinners to Himself.  He was very aware of this. 

 Let us try to imagine what he experienced at the moment of his call.  What intimate emotion provoked his decisive and faithful ‘yes’ until he died!


 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on my personal vocation.  I will seek to re-evoke and re-live the moment and the sentiments of that hour of grace.  How did I respond?  How am I living my ‘yes’ today?

 Thank You Lord for my life!  Grant me the grace to be always faithful to Your call and to continually grow in Your love and mercy toward all.

 The voice of Pope John Paul II

 Every Christian state of life is a vocation to holiness.  Christian sanctity consists in the perfection of love-charity that renders the following and the imitation of Christ concrete.



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