Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 6, A.D. 2001

Genesis 23:1-4,19;24:1-8,62-67
Psalm 106:1-5
Matthew 9:9-13


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Today's Gospel is a wonderful example of the mercy of Jesus in calling sinners to Him. The Pharisees complain to the disciples about Jesus spending time in the company of tax collectors and 'sinners'. But Jesus' response is clear: He hasn't come to call the self-righteous, but sinners.

At different points in our lives, many of us may have put on our 'self-righteous' hat, admonishing the behaviour of others, judging others for what they have/have not done. Indeed on other occasions we may have patted ourselves on the back for our 'virtuous' behaviour, complacent in our attitudes and our beliefs. By wearing our self-righteous cap we lose sight of the fact that we too are sinners, that we often fall short of meeting the challenges of our Christian faith. It is only in our search for humility, in acceptance of our brokenness and sinfulness that Jesus can fully enter our lives and transform us for the good.

O Jesus,
let us always have need of you
so that we may grow in the path of holiness and salvation.
Amen.

- Cliodhna Doyle (cliodhna.doyle@oceanfree.net)

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