Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 21 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13
Psalm 19:2-3, 4-5
A reflection on today's Scripture:
"Follow me. . . ." (Matthew 9:9)
Jesus was strolling by some tax collectors and various evildoers one day and turned to one of them and said, "Follow me." And Matthew got up from what he was doing, presumably retiring from the position forever and started to follow Jesus. Here was a man reviled by all, a man, in all likelihood, mired in sin and in the exploitation of the poor and powerless; in short, a man who had it made in the ancient world. But such was the power of the voice of Christ; such was the joy of the service of Jesus that at one word from Him, this man was willing to give up everything.
This we should recall each time we drag our feet in one form of service or another. Each time the Lord asks us to smile at someone, speak to someone, have coffee with someone, feed someone, help in any way that lies within our power -- we should recall this man who gave up all to follow Jesus. He gave it up at a word and left all to be with Jesus. So, surely we can follow with a service less drastic, with a task much less onerous. Surely when we remember what the great saints and apostles sacrificed for us, we can afford the little sacrifice of some of our time.
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Monday, September 21, 2009
Feast of St. Matthew, apostle and evangelist
Lives of the saints:
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