Sept 21: Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

Jan Sanders van Hemessen, Jesus Summons Matthew to Leave the Tax Office, Alte Pinakothek, Munich 1536

Readings for Mass
First Reading: Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 19:2-3, 4-5
Gospel: Matthew 9:9-13

Go and learn what this means, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice (NRSV, Matthew 9:13a).’

Let us pray.

Father, how we misunderstand what sacrifice is. There is no gift that we can give to you since it is you who are the giver of all. The only true sacrifice is your own inner life of giving, receiving and sharing, made manifest for us in the reality of Jesus. What you desire is that we get caught up in this sacrifice, in your inner life always offered to us through the Word, and, allowing it to fill us, we become transformed by your mercy. It is indeed this mercy that you desire.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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