Friday, July 1, 2016
"He looked at him with eyes of mercy and chose him."
My July "Give Us This Day" missalette reminds me that we are near the midpoint of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The Gospel for today has Jesus not only calling Matthew, a tax collector, to follow him, but has Jesus eating with many tax collectors and sinners. When the Pharisees ask how can this be, Jesus hears and says:
"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."
Pope Francis has called us to realize that all of us have received God's mercy and we are called to pass on this mercy to others. We are all loved by God.