Thursday 21 September 2017

About Today Readings

St Matthew.

Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13. Psalm 18(19):2-5. Matthew 9:9-13.

Their message goes out through all the earth — Psalm 18(19):2-5.

‘I did not come to call the virtuous but sinners.’

Lord, your words must have given comfort and hope to the shady characters at Matthew’s conversion party, and to Matthew himself, and they encourage me today.

Were you smiling, I wonder, when you singled out sinners for special care? For in calling sinners, and assuring them of mercy and forgiveness, you call us all, offering us also the loving pardon of God. Yet we must never allow God’s ready forgiveness to be confused with indifference to sin.

A glance at the crucifix show us the vastness of God’s love for us and of his longing for our salvation, but shows us also the hatefulness and horror of deliberate sinning.

The gospels are more than accounts of one who lived long ago. They are words of and about the risen Christ speaking to us now.

May Christ risen help us to respond to him as Matthew did, and may we, like Matthew, help others to the Lord who loves all.

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