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Friday, 18 September 2009 17:59

We think of a St. Therese who delighted in her own faults and weaknesses as places which would “draw” the love of God toward her in her littleness.

 

Feast of Saint Matthew

Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13

Psalm 19:2-3, 4-5

M atthew 9:9-13  (alternate reading: Luke 8:16-18)  As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office; and he said to him, "Follow me." And he rose and followed him. (10) And as he sat at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples. (11) And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?"  (12) But when he heard it, he said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  (13) Go and learn what this means, `I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners."

         

 

Meditation by Rev. Rich Gabuzda

Call for the Doctor

 

As the figure of Matthew is introduced to the gospel that bears his name, a meal with “many tax collectors and sinners” becomes the occasion for Jesus to define his mission.  Over the objection of the Pharisees to such a gathering, Jesus portrays himself as a physician come to care for the sick and colors in this portrait with the pointed remark, “I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

 

The implication, of course, is that the Pharisees were self-righteous and so they were not capable of responding to Jesus’ call to repentance.  In their own eyes, they had no need for a savior because they became “right with God” through their own efforts.  No need for the doctor here!

 

How much of our daily energy goes into trying to make ourselves “right with God?”  Like avoiding a visit to the doctor’s office when we are ill (often devising our own treatments), we seem to avoid the Divine Physician as well.  How different is the attitude of the great saints who know ever more deeply their need for God for the slightest good activity of each day!  We think of a St. Therese who delighted in her own faults and weaknesses as places which would “draw” the love of God toward her in her littleness.

 

Can I rejoice in my own faults and weaknesses as places in which I can confidently find the mercy and love of the Savior?  To the extent that I can, the sight of Jesus, the Divine Physician, will be welcome indeed!

 

 

 

Supplementary Reading

The Be-happy Attitudes  by Robert H. Schuller

 

"I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. – Philippians 4:12


Happiness! Elusive, isn't it?

 

How often have you thought: "If only I had that car…then I'd be satisfied!"

 

"If only I could find someone who truly loves me…then I'd be happy!"

 

"If only I wasn't under so much financial pressure…then I'd be content!"

 

Truth is, all of the "if onlys" in the world—even if they all came true—still don't guarantee us happiness. Neither do fame, fortune, recognition, or relationships.

 

So, where do we find happiness?

 

God's word offers us a solution in the "Beatitudes." These eight positive, attitude-adjusting principles come straight from the opening lines of Jesus' famous Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5:3-10. And for over two thousand years their timeless truths have transformed the minds, moods, and manners of men and women worldwide.

 

Discover them! Apply them! And find happiness in living them!

 

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Take time to read the "Beatitudes" some time this week. They're found in Matthew 5:3-10. Come up with a list of attitudes that will increase your happiness quotient.

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GOD BLESS US ALL!

O Theos Na Mas Evlogisi!
PRAY
as if everything depended on HIM. ACT as if everything depended on YOU.

 

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