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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

September 21, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13
Psalm 19:2-3, 4-5
Matthew 9:9-13

A reflection on today's Scripture:

In today's Gospel, Jesus calls Matthew, a tax collector, to be one of His apostles.

It is always amazing to recall the "strange" people Jesus publicly invited into His company and service. They were not the smartest, the wealthiest, or even the most physically appealing; but nevertheless, they were seen as pivotal characters in salvation history.

Did they know or sense the importance of their role? We might guess that some might have had an inkling, but not full knowledge of the impact their witness to Jesus was to have.

Perhaps it is so for us. Like the apostles, we too have been singled out to have a role in furthering the Kingdom of God. What part we are intended to play may be hidden not only from us, but also from others. It is with certainty, a role that God has well-equipped us to play. May we then, like Matthew, accept the invitation of Christ who calls us to be His friend, His evangelist, to spread the Good News.

Donna Nelson, OCDS --
email: drn3rd(at)hughes(dot)net

St. Matthew, apostle and evangelist

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