Intention: For a spirit of conversion within all people, that we will open our hearts to the ways of God and the needs of his people, especially those who suffer the injuries of the world’s injustice.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 9:9-13
As Jesus passed by, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples. The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” He heard this and said, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, I desire mercy, not sacrifice. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”
From the Meditation on Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
When attempts are made to entice your students to do evil, strengthen them in doing good. Do not expect any other rewards when you do the duties of your work well than to suffer persecution, injuries, insults, and curses and to have people accuse you falsely of all sorts of evil, as Saint Matthew wrote and as he put into practice. Rejoice when this happens, adds the same saint, and leap for joy, because a great reward is reserved for you in heaven, for it was in this way that they persecuted the Prophets before you. Be convinced that such persecutions will draw down on you the grace of God in abundance and his blessings on your work.
Eternal Father, each day you call out to us. You gather us in when we are far from you, and you raise us up from our sinfulness and heal our wounded hearts. Send to us your spirit of truth so that we may know what things we can do to build your Kingdom. Make of us as a people worthy signs of your presence to others, especially to those who are the most vulnerable and in need in our world. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.