“Follow Me”

Feast of St. Matthew

Mt 9:9-13

As Jesus passed by,
he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post.
He said to him, “Follow me.”
And he got up and followed him.
While he was at table in his house,
many tax collectors and sinners came
and sat with Jesus and his disciples.
The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples,
“Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
He heard this and said,
“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
Go and learn the meaning of the words,
I desire mercy, not sacrifice.
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners

Today Jesus reminds us to be tolerant to those who do not share our religious devotion or faith or other view points in life.  We do not reflect God’s wishes when we demand that others give up things that we think are incompatible with Christianity, like their own sexuality or what they believe.  We are called to be merciful, and forgiving of people.  Today in our Gospel Jesus calls one who is outside the pale. He is not Jewish, he is a tax collector, ridiculed, hated, but Jesus calls him, loves him. He is a disciple.  Matthew reminds me that Jesus has called me, as different as I am to the priesthood.  I do not fit the mode, or act the role, and am far different from many, but Jesus calls me. My journey has and is about the call, and about me following the call.

I spent the day taking Dustin to get his bank account open with his social security.  Have been doing office stuff since I have gotten home, and will go out on this beautiful foggy night and outreach soon. Danny came by, earlier and I gave him needles and food, and gave two other food outside of my door. Deo Gratis! Thanks be to God!

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