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September 21, 2017

Feast of St.  Matthew

Mt 9: 9-13

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples.

When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard this, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

The Calling

Chosen … Jesus calls each and every one of us much like he did St. Matthew. Caravaggio’s The Calling of St. Matthew illustrates how we are chosen. We are chosen in our own different ways, “as Apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers.” (Ephesians 4:11) We are called. Jesus points to us and desires us to follow him. Our own hesitancy lies in our own insecurities, our own judgment, our own sinfulness, our own lack of trust in Jesus.

As St. Augustine says, “there is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future.” Jesus desires each and every one of us, no matter our state in life. We are chosen. We are wanted. We are loved. We are called.

—Joseph Hamaty is the Executive Director of Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House in Lake Dallas, Texas.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I am grateful for your love and your mercy. I place all of me at your feet. “Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will.” May I always hear your call for me. May I always be proud that I am chosen by you, like St. Matthew. May I have courage and full trust in your will for me.

—Joseph Hamaty

 

 

 

 

 


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September 21, 2017

Feast of St.  Matthew

Mt 9: 9-13

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples.

When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard this, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

The Calling

Chosen … Jesus calls each and every one of us much like he did St. Matthew. Caravaggio’s The Calling of St. Matthew illustrates how we are chosen. We are chosen in our own different ways, “as Apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers.” (Ephesians 4:11) We are called. Jesus points to us and desires us to follow him. Our own hesitancy lies in our own insecurities, our own judgment, our own sinfulness, our own lack of trust in Jesus.

As St. Augustine says, “there is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future.” Jesus desires each and every one of us, no matter our state in life. We are chosen. We are wanted. We are loved. We are called.

—Joseph Hamaty is the Executive Director of Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House in Lake Dallas, Texas.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I am grateful for your love and your mercy. I place all of me at your feet. “Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will.” May I always hear your call for me. May I always be proud that I am chosen by you, like St. Matthew. May I have courage and full trust in your will for me.

—Joseph Hamaty

 

 

 

 

 


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