Gospel: 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.”
HE CAME FOR ME: Here we realize that God calls people for his purposes although we may not understand why. He takes interest in the marriage of Isaac and connects him with Rebecca who loved and comforted him. The call of Matthew would have surprised Matthew himself and yet filled him with joy that he threw a party. It is not only him who experiences the surprise but also the Pharisees who were not pleased. We learn from this episode, that Christ has a place for everyone in his salvific mission. Each one of us is called to be a part of the reign of Christ irrespective of our past. He calls us each day to convert the skill we used for evil to an instrument for good. Obviously, he does not call the qualified but qualifies the called.
PRAYER: With confidence in the word of Jesus in the Gospel of today, let us pray for the grace of interior conversion.