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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 21, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We will all come to the realisation that we have to rely on one another’s gifts and talents in order to accomplish targets and goals with finesse. This is especially so if we are to give glory to God in building His kingdom. The key as St Paul shares with us is to do so in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. Bearing with one another. For me as for many, selflessness is the greatest obstacle. What is in it for me? Why must I sacrifice my time? Why must I do more than the others? Why must I suffer? Why should I do so for strangers?

Maturity in Christ is in embracing the knowledge that He gave Himself totally and completely for the love of us by dying on the cross. So that we might be liberated from our sins and certain death. By His example we are called to love one another especially the stranger and least of our brethren amongst us. We can do so by growing and deepening our relationship with Him through His Word. Living according to His will for us and striving for Holiness.

Then together with our master, we will rejoice with every soul we have touched through His grace and led to His kingdom. We will bear fruit as we are called to do. Amen

St Matthew pray for us..

First reading

Ephesians 4:1-7,11-13
We are all to come to unity, fully mature in the knowledge of the Son of God

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 tol 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.

Gospel

Matthew 9:9-13
It is not the healthy who need the doctor, but the sick

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.’