21 September 2018; To the Peripheries

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Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and evangelist

Reading 1Eph 4:1-7, 11-13; Gospel Mt 9:9-13

In the Gospel passage today we have the calling of St. Mathew. The sinner who went on to become an evangelist whose Gospel we venerate now. One of the great messages that this episode gives is not to condemn anyone and judge them. No one is unredeemable. Often in life we form opinions about people and judge them. We ought to believe in transformation. Everything and everyone can change. Who knows what God has in store for those whom we consider today as sinners or criminals? If God can change a Saul to Paul and a Levi to Mathew, he has surely great things in store for all people. St. Augustine looking at a sinner once exclaimed: ‘Here goes a sinner but for the grace of God.’ We are aware of the well known saying, every sinner has a future and every saint had a past. Be compassionate even to those whom we feel are the most unrepentant sinners because they too are in the plan of God to bring about another Gospel.

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