On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 21, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Jesus is calling all of us today, to leave everything there is not of Him and to follow after Him. To leave corporations/companies who engage in unscrupulous practices. To leave organisations which act unjustly or act against human dignity and the sanctity of life. Finally, for us all to turn away from all sin and temptation; and to be faithful to the Gospel.

For our loving and merciful Lord did not come to call the virtuous but us sinners. Though Him alone our sonship and daughterhood is restored and we have hope of our Heavenly inheritance that awaits us. Through Him we can love as we ought to, become the best versions of ourselves for Him, for our families and for our brothers and sisters in Him.

Let us therefore lead lives worthy of our vocation. For love of Christ, we will bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. We will live as One Body in Him in Holy Communion. Amen

Saint 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 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.

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.’

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