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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 8, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Hosea 6:3-6

Psalm 50:1, 8, 12-13, 14-15

Romans 4:18-25

Matthew 9:9-13

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Our Gospel today describes the great power and magnetism of Jesus' personality. Only a charismatic leader like Jesus could walk up to a despised government official, say to him with a touch of audacity, "Follow me," and expect him to respond. And Matthew does what Jesus asks! If he had not, the world would have been deprived of our most complete gospel account of the life and teachings of Jesus!

God's people in the time of Moses should have been listening as closely as Matthew. Hosea scolds them for their shallow knowledge and their faulty sacrifices which they performed without the spirit of love. As a result they were sadly lacking in true obedience to God's Will.

The second reading from St. Paul's letter to the Romans develops the theme of "righteousness." This is an essential quality of the true disciple which comes from believing in God's promises when there seems no logical reason to believe. Abraham wanted very much to be the "father of many nations." Although he was close to being one hundred years old, and his wife long beyond childbearing, he still firmly believed in God's promises.

Both Abraham and Matthew are held up to us this Sunday as models of righteousness. The question for us this Sunday is clear: do we have enough faith, trust, and love to obey the Lord's commands—enough for us to be called "righteous" in God's sight?

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore |
email: pwhitmore29 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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