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The Everyday Prayer


 
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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memory of St. Matthew, apostle and evangelist.


Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If we die with him, we shall live with him,
if with him we endure, with him we shall reign.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Matthew 9,9-13

As Jesus was walking on from there he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office, and he said to him, 'Follow me.' And he got up and followed him.

Now while he was at table in the house it happened that a number of tax collectors and sinners came to sit at the table with Jesus and his disciples.

When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, 'Why does your master eat with tax collectors and sinners?'

When he heard this he replied, 'It is not the healthy who need the doctor, but the sick.

Go and learn the meaning of the words: Mercy is what pleases me, not sacrifice. And indeed I came to call not the upright, but sinners.'

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If we die with him, we shall live with him,
if with him we endure, with him we shall reign.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Matthew was a tax collector, a profession that was looked down on by his fellow countrymen. Jesus is walking by and sees him, and, instead of passing by spitefully like everyone else, he stops and calls him. For Jesus no one is foreign to the call of the Gospel, whatever his or her situation, even if it is ill-reputed like Matthew’s. It is not the situation that counts, but whether one welcomes the Gospel into one’s heart. Matthew welcomes the Gospel and begins to follow Jesus. Like always, it is a festive beginning. Matthew is so happy that he plans a dinner with Jesus and invites his friends, tax collectors and sinners. It is a strange company that nonetheless prefigures the alliance between Christians and the poor for whom Jesus lived and preached. From that moment on, Matthew does not sit by the side of the road collecting taxes; he becomes a disciple and gathers the sinners to celebrate around Jesus. The world does not understand what is happening, but this is the innovation of the Gospel: everyone’s heart can be touched and everyone can change his or her life, especially sinners. Jesus clarifies: "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick." In fact, it is written: "I desire mercy, not sacrifice."


09/21/2010
Memory of the Apostles


Calendar of the week
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Sunday, 4 December
Liturgy of the Sunday
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5
Monday, 5 December
Prayer for the Sick
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6
Tuesday, 6 December
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
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7
Wednesday, 7 December
Memory of the Saints and the Prophets
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Thursday, 8 December
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
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9
Friday, 9 December
Memory of Jesus crucified
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Saturday, 10 December
Sunday Vigil
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Sunday, 11 December
Liturgy of the Sunday

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