Daily Readings Reflection for 7/03/09

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Reflection on the Daily Readings for 7/03/09 by Fr. Bertrand Buby, SM

Today’s Readings

Scripture: Friday of 13the week. Genesis 23:1-4.19.24:1-8. Psalm
106:1-2.3-4.4-5. Matthew 9:9-13. Lectionary # 381.

Matthew’s call is the theme of our Gospel. We know that he is a
taxcollector and is considered the author of the Gospel of Matthew.
However, we find that Mark and Luke identify the same event with a tax
collector named Levi.  Which Gospels are the one to give us his name?
Probably, all three.  Matthew could also have been named Levi. The
historical-critical reading of the Gospel of Matthew cannot say this, but
the ordinary belief system can!  It really does not matter and is not a
question of faith or of the veracity of the New Testament. Our Christian
tradition has always considered this Matthew in chapter 9 the author of the
Gospel.  He is fittingly connected with the Gospel we are continuosly
reading within the liturgical cycle of year one.

A tax collector was considered a sinner and unclean by the religious
leaders who surround Jesus. But Jesus is not concerned. He is here to call
all people to God through a conversion experience. Sometimes a miracle
brings this about and at other times, his own common sense words that call
someone to follow him.  Matthew does. Not only that he is very generous and
has a party for his friends and Jesus’ friends.  This too irritates the
religious authorities for Jesus now is not only speaking to sinners but
actually eating with them.

We are amazed at Matthew’s quick response and his sense of freedom to
entertain Jesus and to have a totally new outlook on life. We may be in the
same situation when Jesus calls us.  Most of us admit we are sinners and
need the call of Jesus.  Jesus is not looking for sacrifices of a ritual
nature from us. He is interested in our wholesome turn about in our
attitudes, judgments, and motivations.  We are glad for Jesus’ compassion
for all people, but especially for us who are sinners.  Amen.

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  1. Thank God…I came across this site with reflection on the gospel.

    What caught my heart are these words of yours: “Jesus is not looking for sacrifices of a ritual nature from us. He is nterested in our wholesome turn about in our attitudes, judgments, and motivations. We are glad for Jesus’ compassion
    for all people, but especially for us who are sinners.”

    I sometimes tend to make some sacrifices ….and I feel good about it…I offer them all to him…with that I feel his compassion so much so that I feel this certain peace and happiness within me…I know and accept that I am a sinner and has shortcomings to other people, including myself and God…yet, I believe that God knows what’s within my humble heart…my prayer requests…my sufferings….my ups and downs…the true me.

    And with that, I am happy to thank God for giving this life…blessed with a loving and witty daughter…Thanks you Lord for the good friends you have given me…these good-hearted people make me feel loved and understood.

    And to you Father Bert, thank you sooo much for being an instrument in realizing the good things above all the negativities in life. I pray for your good health and seeing you in some way.

    Thank you Father Bert. God bless you.

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