Posted by: livingscripture | July 2, 2010

Thirteenth Friday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

I desire mercy; not sacrifice.

Matthew 9: 13

 How should we live this Word

 Matthew’s call in today’s Gospel is the invitation that Jesus extends to every person, “Follow me,” listen to My words, live in merciful love.  Like us, Matthew is a sinner.  He is considered among the greatest of evil doers because he lives off others.  Yet, he is also a person who hungers and thirsts for love and salvation in the secret of his heart.  We all have within ourselves a seed that should develop and bring forth fruits of happiness.  However, it cannot mature if it does not encounter God’s Word in some way.  Matthew meets the Word in person, Jesus.  He not only follows Him, he becomes an apostle and a missionary of the Word.

 The banquet feast gathers many sinners around Jesus.  “I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”  This symbolizes the reconciliation that happened in Matthew and that is accomplished in us when we open ourselves to the Word of God.  “I am at the door and I knock.  If you hear My voice and open the door to Me, I will come to you, I will dine with you and you with me” (Cf. Apoc. 3, 20).

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will question myself on my openness and reception of God’s Word.  Do I really live the joy of being reconciled with God, of being Jesus’ friend, of treating others with justice and mercy?

 Lord Jesus, I want to follow You with a pure and sincere heart.  Help me to open my door when You knock.  Help me to live with merciful love towards all.  Come Lord and live with me!

 The voice of Dag Hammarskjöld, witness                                             

Hunger is my native place in the world of the passions.  I hunger for communion, for uprightness.  This hunger is sated only by shaping my life so that my individuality is a bridge toward others, a stone in the edifice of rectitude.  We must not fear ourselves but rather live our own individuality completely, for the good.

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