HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF ST MATTHEW THE APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST

HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF ST MATTHEW THE APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST

EPHESIANS 4:1-7; PSALM 19; MATTHEW 9:9-13

The name Matthew means “gift of God”. Matthew’s call is certainly a gift of God to the Church. His call provoked immediate response and conversion that produced abundant harvest. Our vocation is a gift that should provoke similar result. The first reading speaks of the different gifts which have been given to the baptized by God. These gifts are for the building up of the Kingdom. Again, Jesus says to Matthew “follow me” the same way he said to Peter and Andrew, “follow me” to James and John “Follow me”. To follow him is a call to discipleship – a divine office that requires sincerity. If we follow him; then we shall not wallow. Lastly, as usual the Scribes and Pharisees murmured against Jesus because of his association with a sinner. Jesus ceased this opportunity to teach them. I am a physician and Matthew is sick. Every sinner is sick and needs healing; Jesus is the Physician that heals and saves. Little wonder, the Greek Philosopher Epictetus says the teaching of Jesus is the medicine of salvation. As we heed his teaching may we be saved. Amen

 

LET US PRAY

Father, You call Your children to walk in the light of Christ. Free us from darkness and keep us in the radiance of Your truth. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Fr. Daniel Evbotokhai is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria. He was ordained October 20th, 2018. He offers his daily homilies, talks and articles that bother on, faith, theology, morals and many other burning issues in religion and politics. Fr. Daniel writes poems, inspirational quotes and clips.