05 July 2019. Friday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Reflection (Sem. Glicerio T. Tano)
In the gospel, St. Matthew was called by Jesus when he was sitting by the customs house and told him to follow Him. Being a tax collector means that he is already categorized by others as a sinner. God’s grace in him was probably made him realize and ask questions about his life. So when Jesus said to him “Follow me”, the grace of God prompted him to get up immediately and follow Him.
Before I become a seminarian, I was with those people who were not religious in a sense that we never mind faith. We were just seeking pleasurable things that would satisfy our desires. But when time came that I felt the call to the priesthood, I changed my path and eventually left them. Like St. Matthew in the Gospel when he was called by Jesus, he immediately left his post and followed Him.
As a seminarian, I always strive to be holy and I do things in a better way as I follow Jesus in every aspect of my life. I am doing my best to improve and change my habits and conform it to the way of Jesus, teaching his followers. Being a sinner, I realized that each of us has been given the share of grace, given as Christ has allotted it. Our mission will be revealed to us along the way. What we need to do now is to let God’s grace act in us and to get up and follow Jesus, who comes not to call the virtuous but sinners. Sinners though we are, clothed with weaknesses and imperfections, we are nevertheless called, forgiven, and held together by the love and mercy of God.
The Gospel Today
Matthew 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.”