Homily (Reflection) for Friday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (1st July, 2016) on the Gospel
Amos 8:4-6.9-12;Ps 118:22.214.171.124.40.131. (R. Matt 4:4);
Topic: Sitting with many sinners.
Jesus sat at dinner that followed the call of Matthew in today’s gospel with many tax collectors and sinners. This irritated the Pharisees and they questioned Jesus’ disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I come to call not the righteous but sinners.”
Certainly, “... where sin increased, grace abounded all the more” (Rom 5:20). However, it is not proper to continue in sin for grace to abound, cf. Rom 6:1.
Irrespective of our states, God is still calling each and every one of us as He called Matthew. He expects each person to follow the example of Matthew who left the tax booth and followed Him.
It is not a call to answer a Christian but to be one both in words and actions, cf. Jas 1:22. A call to drop everything that is not pleasing to God, cf. Jas 2:10. Are you willing to leave everything behind and follow Him who loves each person more than one loves him/herself? He is waiting patiently.
Bible Reading: Jas 1:19-27. 2:8-26.
Thought for today: Responding to God.
Let us pray: May God help us respond positively to His constant love – Amen.
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