Mon Mass readings (preserve unity... one faith, one baptism / Those who are well don't need a physician)

September 21, 2009

Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and evangelist Lectionary: 643

Reading 1
Eph 4:1-7, 11-13

Brothers and Sisters:
I, a prisoner for the Lord,
urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,
with all humility and gentleness, with patience,
bearing with one another through love,

striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit
through the bond of peace:
one Body and one Spirit,
as you were also called to the one hope of your call;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all,
who is over all and through all and in all.

But grace was given to each of us
according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

And he gave some as Apostles, others as prophets,
others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,
to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry,
for building up the Body of Christ,
until we all attain to the unity of faith

and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,
to the extent of the full stature of Christ.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 19:2-3, 4-5

R. (5) Their message goes out through all the earth.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day pours out the word to day,
and night to night imparts knowledge.
R. Their message goes out through all the earth.
Not a word nor a discourse
whose voice is not heard;
Through all the earth their voice resounds,
and to the ends of the world, their message.
R. Their message goes out through all the earth.

Gospel
Mt 9:9-13

As Jesus passed by,
he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post.
He said to him, “Follow me.”
And he got up and followed him.
While he was at table in his house,
many tax collectors and sinners came
and sat with Jesus and his disciples.
The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples,
“Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
He heard this and said,
“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.”

*1st:

St Paul is calling us to be united with one another in Christ… one faith, one baptism…

(but uh… since when does Jesus [here working through St Paul] get what he wants anyhow?) :frowning:

2nd:

Jesus tells us that only sinners need him… For some strange reason he doesn’t seem to be alluding to the thought that we are ALL sinners… but then, why should he have to? Anyone who says he is not a sinner is a liar, as it says elsewhere… *

“I did not come to call the righteous but sinners”

Jesus seems to be saying that none are righteous, including the apostles, whom He called first, since He came for us all.
Yet is says elsewhere in the bible that the prayers of the righteous
man availeth much.
Wonder how righteous you have to be for your prayers to “availeth
much”, seeing that we are all sinners?

i have wondered the same thing many times…

i sometimes feel like a protestant… like there is no way i will ever be good enough for God and for Heaven… :(so might as well just, as martin Luther once said, not worry about sinning, just trust Jesus…
Yikes… how could I even say such a thing… :banghead:but you know how it goes… you start thinking crazy things… you don’t really mean it… Then there’s always that slimy creature who puts thoughts in your head seemingly out of freaking nowehre…:eek:

fortunatley, those weird Protestant thoughts just come and go… :slight_smile:

anyhow… i have gotten prayers answered before so i must be doing soemthing right… when you don’t get them answered the way you want…(that also happens to me sometimes) its because, for some strange, mysterious reason(s) you may never in this life u/stand… it is God’s will to do something else… :hmmm:

Well, sometimes I feel half protestant, since my great grandfather was a baptist
preacher! My mother’s whole side is all baptist.

But we know the truth, don’t we?
Think of this prayer from the rosary: Pray for us O Holy Mother of God
That we may be made worthy of the
promises of Christ.
Why should we even pray that if it couldn’t come true?
When you think how God turned Saul into Paul, that’s how it starts.
Remember Paul would go around saying that he hadn’t reached perfection and
that he wouldn’t judge himself at all.
Then, one day, he said, “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race…”
Someday, that may happen to us, too. We can expect it, if we stay on God’s side.

I think a good baptist will eventually become Catholic. I am waiting to see this
with Charles Stanley.

God has answered my prayers, and not anwered them according to my will.
Once I have truly been shown how my will would have been a disaster.
The really great thing is that God has the ability to answer a prayer that I didn’t
even pray. He just Knows what I want. This has happened so much, that I had
to keep a list for the last 2 years.

Speaking of praying, the readings that weren’t done today because of Matthew’s day,
were about that. It said that the reason you don’t get what you want is
that you don’t ask. Then when you ask,you don’t get it because you ask wrongly,
intending to spend it on your own desires…

Charles Stanley. Is he on his way to becoming Catholic??? :confused:

i really enjoyed your post…

yes, God answers prayers not even uttered… some of the biggest answers i have ever gotten fit into that category… :slight_smile:

so i usually don’t… as i once did… throw a tantrum whne i don’t get my way… (which is all the time, it seems…

but ok… i said i wasn’t into throwing tantrums… :D)

:slight_smile:

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