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 God’s Kingdom. In the Gospel, 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 and ardent commitment. 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
O God, who with untold mercy were pleased to choose as an Apostle Saint Matthew, the tax collector, grant that, sustained by his example and intercession, we may merit to hold firm in following you. 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.