A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Friday 5 July

Genesis 23:1-4, 19-24:1-8, 62-67; Psalm 106; Matthew 9:9-13


Like our friend Zacchaeus, Matthew was a tax collector and one despised because he had been recruited by the Romans to collect taxes from his own people. Doubtless Matthew had also become rich by ripping off the poor and oppressed, which is why the money of tax-collectors was considered tainted.

Matthew was called by name and takes his place alongside other disciples who had been equally despised and marginalised. Jesus is unashamed of them and unashamed of us no matter where we have been or what we have done. He calls us to belong, to grow, and to respond to his grace. He strengthens us for service so we can build up the Body of Christ according to our own unique calling.

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