Friday, July 4, 2014

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ― Mother Teresa

Gospel Text: (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.”

«Follow me» (Mt 9:9).

These words of the Gospel are typical. Jesus keeps on inviting us to follow him, each one of us according to his condition and profession. And, more often than not, to follow Jesus means to leave behind some messy passions, or some poor relationships, or just a waste of time, to allot some moments to prayer, to the Sacraments or to some work with the poor. In other words «no Christian ought to think of him as his own master, for he is submitted to God's service» (St. Ignatius of Antioch).

Jesus is, indeed, asking us to change our life, so we all should wonder: which group do we belong to, to the “perfect people” or to those who sincerely accept they can dramatically improve?

For we all can improve, can't we?

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