September 21st, 2022

The Gospel According to Matthew 9:9-13

As Jesus passed by, he saw a man named Matthew

sitting at the custom post. He said to him, “Follow me.”

And he got up and followed him. While he was at table

in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and

sat with Jesus and his disciples. The Pharisees saw this

and said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat

with tax collectors and sinners? He heard this and said,

“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the

sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, I desire

mercy, not sacrifice. I did not come to call the righteous

but sinners”

Reflection: Can you answer this question? Where were you

when Jesus asked you to, “Follow Me”? He has a unique way of

finding us, even in the most remote places. He finds his way into

our hearts at a time, in our lives, when we least expect it.

He finds His way into our hearts when we sometimes need

His love and compassion the most. I have heard many

testimonials from people, just like me and you, of their first

encounter with His love. He touches us all regardless of

who we are or where we are in our faith journey.

Tricia and I have both been facilitating the RCIA program for

over fifteen years and we are always amazed at the some of

the stories that have been shared with us of ‘What ‘brought

them to this class. Mostly because something happened

in their life that helped them actually see the light of a situation

or a small miracle that changed their life and their relationship

with God forever. And the fact is that we are all sinners and in

knowing that we can admit this which allows us to feel God’s

mercy, which enables us to show that mercy and compassion

to others.

There are no sins so great that they cannot be overcome by God’s mercy.

Action of the Day: In our prayers, let us ask the Lord to give us the

Grace to stay close to Him so that we can share God’s spirit with all

those we encounter in our daily lives.

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