(St. Matthew, Apostle/Evangelist)
Jesus selected Matthew, a tax collector, and said to him, “Follow me.”
The Pharisees rejected all people they considered as sinners,
tax collectors included.
They were dismayed at Jesus for entertaining those types of people.
“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.” Mt 9:9-13
The Pharisees were all about Sacrifice for sin.
All about ritual and show.
Jesus said that God is not interested in sacrifice.
And Jesus came to take the sacrifice part of worship out of our hands,
and be rid of it once and for all.
He did that by being the ultimate sacrifice himself.
And through it, we enter a whole new means of worship.
It is the worship shown by our actions,
our mercy, forgiveness and love.
An interesting thought came to me this afternoon (20th),
the day before I turn a new decade,
the day before my thoughts of who is old and who I am become One.
I thought, that if Heaven is full of only the most pure,
then I will never ever get there if there is anyone in my thoughts,
in my life that I have any resentment against.
Can you imagine running into those blasted guys or gals who fired you
that first or second or third time, or even this past Wednesday
from the volunteer job that you did for the past 20 years!!!
There must be no resentment.
“God desires mercy, not sacrifice.”
No holding in the grudge. No retribution.
No thinking they’ll go to hell because of you . . .
(Because they would probably not even remember your name.)
Instead, and only by the grace of God, with the help of Jesus,
we are to forgive and forget and be at PEACE with that!
And someday when we come face to face with old Mr. Greedy Pants in heaven,
we’ll be able to say . . .
? ? ?
(something nice that actually comes from our heart)
. . . Still working on that one . . .
But in the meantime, beloved, we keep on praying.
And we thank God that
we’ve got a few more, albeit “old”, years to get there!
May our loving God bless you (all) always,
in Christ’s and my LOVE!
p.s. The pic is of my cousin and I who have, and always will be – best friends.
Circa ’63, Photo Booth Fun in Monticello, NY
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