Posted by: livingscripture | September 21, 2010

Twenty Fifth Tuesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples.

                                                                    Matthew 9: 9-13            

 How should we live this Word

 As Jesus was leaving Capernaum, He saw a man called Matthew, a tax collector.  Jesus invited him, “Follow Me!”  Matthew got up at once and followed Him.  Thus the evangelist reduces to its essentials the call of Matthew and of any other person.  There is the encounter, the proposal, and the answer. 

 The mission is clarified while they are at table.  Probably Matthew offered the meal to Jesus and His disciples.  As they are eating, along come publicans and sinners.  There are also some Pharisees present, who are shocked that Jesus eats with such people.  They question the disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”  Jesus Himself answers, giving the event greater meaning.  “I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”  He is here to seek and save those who were lost along the way.  This is the mission of Jesus and of all those who follow Him.  Yet, we must remember that before God, we are all sinners.  He calls everyone to conversion, to the banquet of His Kingdom.  He can also call us to work with Him for the salvation of our sisters and brothers. 

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will put myself in Matthew’s place.   Have I already met the Lord personally?  What does He propose to me today?  How will I respond?

 Lord Jesus, help me to act in a way that is worthy of my Christian vocation, with humility and meekness, ready to collaborate with You for the good of those I meet along my day.

 The voice of St. Augustine, Church Father

Which person is able to judge another person?  The world is full of rash judgments.  Those we should despair of, suddenly are converted and become very good.  Those, from whom we expected much, all at once distance themselves from the good and become very bad.  Neither our fear nor our love is stable and secure.

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