On Today’s Gospel

Posted: July 1, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Wicked, selfish hearts while they appear to flourish at the expense of the poor and perhaps the uninitiated to the ways of the world; are doomed. For evil begets evil and without the Word of God in their lives they will whither and die.

How wonderful it is to have a merciful Lord who looks to the good in us and seeks to free us from our sins so that whatever good resides in us will multiply and bear fruit.

We must do likewise and see others through the eyes of our Lord Jesus Christ. Otherwise all we will see is their faults, shortcomings and be critical of them. Some may even choose to shun and ostracise them.  Who then has hope of His mercy and love? Do we think we ourselves will have His mercy when we are not merciful?

Like St Matthew when he was a tax collector, we too have responded to the call of our Lord Jesus to follow Him. We too had experienced the presence and mercy of Jesus even though we did nothing to deserve it.  So let us never forget our humble beginnings and extend our hand of mercy; our friendship and love to all. Amen

First reading
Amos 8:4-6,9-12

Listen to this, you who trample on the needy and try to suppress the poor people of the country, you who say, ‘When will New Moon be over
so that we can sell our corn,
and sabbath, so that we can market our wheat?

Then by lowering the bushel, raising the shekel, by swindling and tampering with the scales, we can buy up the poor for money, and the needy for a pair of sandals, and get a price even for the sweepings of the wheat.’

That day – it is the Lord who speaks –

I will make the sun go down at noon, and darken the earth in broad daylight. I am going to turn your feasts into funerals,
all your singing into lamentation;

I will have your loins all in sackcloth, your heads all shaved.

I will make it a mourning like the mourning for an only son,
as long as it lasts it will be like a day of bitterness.

See what days are coming – it is the Lord who speaks – days when I will bring famine on the country, a famine not of bread, a drought not of water, but of hearing the word of the Lord.

They will stagger from sea to sea, wander from north to east, seeking the word of the
of the Lord and failing to find it.

Gospel
Matthew 9:9-13

As Jesus was walking on he saw a man named Matthew sitting by the customs house, and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed him.

  While he was at dinner in the house it happened that a number of tax collectors and sinners came to sit at the table with Jesus and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does your master eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ When he heard this he replied, ‘It is not the healthy who need the doctor, but the sick. Go and learn the meaning of the words: What I want is mercy, not sacrifice. And indeed I did not come to call the virtuous, but sinners.’

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