Friday 5 July 2019

About Today Readings

Day of Penance
Genesis 23:1-4, 19; 24:1-8, 62-67. Psalm 105(106):1-5. Matthew 9:9-13.
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good – Psalm 105(106):1-5
‘And he got up and followed him.’

Today’s readings tell us something of the mysterious ways God works in human lives. Isaac and Rebecca ‘look up’ and their lives are changed. As Jesus walks, he sees Matthew ‘sitting at the tax booth’. Jesus calls him, saying ‘follow me’. Immediately, Matthew gets up and follows.

What an incredible encounter! Matthew is moved so deeply by Jesus’ call that he leaves his former life behind. His experience of the Lord’s mercy transforms absolutely everything. Pope Francis’ motto miserando atque eligendo comes from the Venerable Bede’s homily on this text: ‘Jesus saw the tax collector and by having mercy chose him.’

Lord, invite me to the waters of your mercy. Open me to your workings. Let me hear your call. Give me the courage to make a response of faith and trust. Then, keep me aware of the Spirit’s encouragement, accompanying me on the way.

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