Archive for September 21, 2016

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: September 21, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Jesus invites us sinners to follow Him. What is this invitation about and what does it entail? Well first we need to exercise our free will and respond to Jesus in action. With that His peace is upon us and His redemptive grace liberates us from our bonds. We have entered into the most wonderful relationship with our Lord and God. No other relationships will ever come close.

And since every one of us is a unique child of God our Father. We have each been given a mix of many gifts and talents according to His Will for us. So that we can reach out to our sisters and brothers in the world inviting to come, share in the graces we have received through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

St Matthew pray for us.

First reading
Ephesians 4:1-7,11-13

I, the prisoner in the Lord, implore you to lead a life worthy of your vocation. Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. Do all you can to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together. There is one Body, one Spirit, just as you were all called into one and the same hope when you were called. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God who is Father of all, over all, through all and within all.

Each one of us, however, has been given his own share of grace, given as Christ allotted it. To some, his gift was that they should be apostles; to some, prophets; to some, evangelists; to some, pastors and teachers; so that the saints together make a unity in the work of service, building up the body of Christ. In this way we are all to come to unity in our faith and in our knowledge of the Son of God, until we become the perfect Man, fully mature with the fullness of Christ himself.

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.’