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Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and evangelist (YEAR 2013)

Meditation on Today's Scripture:
Jesus chose Matthew to be his follower and friend, not because Matthew was religious or learned, accepted or saintly. Matthew appeared to be none of those. He chose to live a life of wealth and ease. His profession was probably the most corrupted and despised by everyone because tax collectors made themselves wealthy by overcharging and intimidating people if they did not hand over their money to them. What did Jesus see in Matthew that others did not see? When the prophet Samuel came to the house of Jesse to anoint the future heir to the throne of Israel, he avoided all the first seven sons and chose the last! "God looks at the heart and not at the look of a man" he declared. David's heart was like a scope looking for true north it pointed to God. Matthew's heart must have yearned for God, even though he dare not show his face in a synagogue the Jewish house of prayer and the study of Torah God's law. When Jesus saw Matthew sitting at his tax office no doubt counting his day's profit Jesus spoke only two words "follow me". Those two words changed Matthew from a self serving exploit to a God-serving apostle who would bring the treasures of God's kingdom to the poor and needy.
Word of the Day...
Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me."
Prayer ...
Dear Father, thank you for sending Jesus as our Savior. Lord Jesus, we want to follow you. we don't want it to be half-hearted or hypocritical. We want your life to be seen in us. So please, gently show us the areas where our heart needs to be softened and our character needs to be shaped by the Spirit so that we can more perfectly reflect your glory, grace, and character to those around us. In Infant Jesus' name. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (September 21, 2013)
Day: Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and evangelist (YEAR 2013)
Lectionary: 448
Colour: Red
First Reading: Eph 4:1-7, 11-13
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 19:2-3, 4-5
Second Reading: NIL
Gospel: Matthew 9:9-13
Listen to Readings:
Today's Scripture: Matthew 9:9-13
9As 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."


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