Saint Matthew: Apostle, Evangelist : Monday 21st September, 2020

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DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Judgmental – Faith: In today’s Gospel Jesus called Matthew the public tax collector-sinner to be one of His apostles.  He also dined with the other sinners.  Jesus is reminding us not to be judgmental of sinners.  Instead, reach out to them with Christ-like compassion.  “Do we also pray for them”?

  Fr Philip Heng, S.J.

Matthew 9:9-13

As Jesus was walking on he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office, and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed him.

Now while he was at table in the house it happened that a number of tax collectors and sinners came to sit at the table with Jesus and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does your master eat with tax collectors and sinners?’

When he heard this he replied, ‘It is not the healthy who need the doctor, but the sick. Go and learn the meaning of the words: Mercy is what pleases me, not sacrifice. And indeed I came to call not the upright, but sinners.’