Friday 6 July 2018
Day of Penance.
Amos 8:4-6, 9-12. Psalm 118(119):2, 10, 20, 30, 40, 131. Matthew 9:9-13.
No one lives on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God—Psalm 118(119):2, 10, 20, 30, 40, 131.
‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’
Jesus speaks to the Pharisees, who have created a temple with no place of comfort for the poor or excluded. He is at ease among the sinners and tax collectors, as they are open and welcoming to his words. When Jesus calls Matthew, he is at work. Filled with a desire to respond, Matthew moves without hesitation to be beside Jesus.
How closely do we live with Jesus, who came and lived among us eating with sinners, healing all who were sick and giving an example of service?
Can we learn to ‘walk in the Law of the Lord’ as Jesus did? Can we learn to give God glory?