Malvern Minute – Wednesday
Malvern Minute

 

September 21, 2016 – Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist                                                        

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com) 

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

Matthew 9:9-13

As Jesus passed by,
he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs 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.”

 

Reflect: In calling Matthew, the tax collector, Jesus called a sinner, not a righteous person who had his act together.  And, as if the call of the Savior resonated within him, Matthew got up immediately, left everything, followed Jesus and offered him hospitality.  In trying to disprove the legitimacy of Jesus’ ministry, the Pharisees challenged the other disciples: “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”  Right to the point, Jesus makes it clear that he is the Divine Physician who came to heal the sick, not the well.  Thank God that like Matthew, we need the love and mercy of Jesus.  It is his love and mercy that calls us to something more.  When we are healed, we can proclaim the Good News as Matthew did.

Even in my sinfulness, do I listen for the voice of God who calls me to something more?  Do I bring my sinfulness, my wounded self to Jesus anticipating his love, mercy and forgiveness?

 

Pray: Loving God, I need the healing touch of Jesus. Give me the courage to never hide from him who wants to heal and forgive me so that I can be fully alive – for his honor and glory!  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Matthew: Pray for us!

 

WE BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK (2 Corinthians 4:13)

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