Posted by: livingscripture | September 21, 2012

Feast of St. Matthew

From the Word of the Day

“The Pharisees said to his disciples, ‘Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?’  He heard this and said, ‘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’.”

                                                      (Matthew 9: 11)                                                                                                                                                                           

How should we live this Word 

This passage is brief, but it reveals an opposition of thought, attitude, even of civility.  The Pharisees, with their hypocrisy, unfortunately penetrate many social levels.  They exalt all that presents itself as a good deed.  Instead, they strongly and without measure, denounce anything that seems to be outside exterior rules of propriety.

What was most important for Jesus was to educate us to love, independent of merits or memberships of any type, social or religious.  His real revolution, which is still active, is the precept of love that can be compared to something that is extremely strong.  It is like a bomb, not an atomic bomb, but a divine bomb.  It is not the bomb of hypocritical, legalistic conventions, of empty appearances devoid of love, of lies varnished by good manners.

In fact, love is love if it becomes mercy, an overcoming of all negative judgments about others, to leave room for great patience, understanding, compassionate attention to the needs of others, of the vital need to be loved.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will meditate on the great mercy Jesus shows to everyone.  I will ask Him to purify my outlook, my relationships, and to fill my heart with His love.

Dear Jesus, give me Your heart to love with so that my love may include everyone and that others may feel it through my words, deeds, and attitude. 

The voice of Isaac of Nineveh, Ancient Father 

Merciful are those who show mercy and do not distinguish one class of persons from another in their thoughts.

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