DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage
Dear Friend in the Lord,
Jesus’ Calling – Discipleship: In today’s Gospel, Jesus called Matthew, a tax collector; a public sinner; to be His disciple. Ponder on, “Is Jesus calling you personally to serve His people, and draw them closer to the Good News of Salvation, even though, we are unworthy, as sinners? Jesus’ calling is a gift. What is the Holy Spirit saying to you today?”
Fr Philip Heng, S.J.
As Jesus was walking on from there 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.’