GOSPEL LIVING

Friday September 21,2018

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Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13   Psalms 19:2-3, 4-5    Matthew 9:9-13

9 As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office; and he said to him, "Follow me." And he rose and followed him. 10 And as he sat at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?"  12 But when he heard it, he said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  13 Go and learn what this means, `I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners."
Meditation: The calling of Matthew is a very notable passage in the gospels. He is being called from his own life-surroundings and situations. The call, thus, is not from without, but from within and inclusive. The advantage of that call is that many of his companions belonging to those surroundings are also given a glimpse/entry into the (salvific) banquet.
There is no reason to think whether from my situation, such a call is possible or not? But, call is God’s gift of love and His call is not without a purpose, but has a salvific purpose, not only for the one being called, but also for those related to the one being called. The best physician is the one, who not only heals the wounds/sickness, but who also, precautions and remedies the favourable sickly situations. That’s what Jesus; the Great Physician did by calling Matthew.
In today’s gospel, we read “it is not sacrifice, but mercy that I desire.” This is often taken at least by some, as to that the merciful acts are more important that the Eucharistic “sacrifice.” But, they do seldom remember and conveniently forget that the greatest merciful act is nothing else, but the Eucharistic Sacrifice itself. For, God deigns everyday to come down to His people at the beck-and-call of a priest, who is also a sinful creature. What great mercy than this? God is merciful and He grants His mercy, not only through ways we ask for; but through ways, which He deems the best, ie: the best way by which not only you and me, but those related to us and our life situations and surroundings are also saved and blessed. Let’s pray God to help us make salvific the surroundings and conditions in which we are and also to bless us with His mercy through the Eucharistic sacrifice. Let’s also ask the intercession of St. Matthew, the Apostle.
Bro. Fidelis