Philippine Daily Inquirer



July 6, 2018 (Fri­day) 13th Week in Or­di­nary Time St. Maria Goretti, virgin & mar­tyr Psalter: Week 1 / (Green/Red) Ps 119:2, 10, 20, 30, 40, 131 One does not live by bread alone, but by ev­ery word that comes from the mouth of God. 1st Read­ing: Am8:4-6, 9-12

Gospel: Mt 9:9-13

As Je­sus moved on from there, he saw a man named Matthew, at his seat in the cus­tom­house; and he said to him, “Fol­low me!” And Matthew got up and fol­lowed him. Now it hap­pened, while Je­sus was at ta­ble in Matthew’s house, many tax col- lec­tors and sin­ners joined Je­sus and his dis­ci­ples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his dis­ci­ples, “Why is it, that your mas­ter eats with sin­ners and tax col­lec­tors?”

When Je­sus heard this, he said, “Healthy peo­ple do not need a doc­tor, but sick peo­ple do. Go, and find out what this means: What I want is mercy, not sac­ri­fice. I did not come to call the right­eous, but sin­ners.”


What I want is mercy, not sac­ri­fice. Pope Fran­cis’ pa­pal motto, “miserando atque eli­gendo” is based on St. Bede’s homily on the feast day of St. Matthew. St. Bede writes that upon see­ing him with com­pas­sion, Je­sus calls Matthew to fol­low him.

God’s mercy is the cen­tral theme of Pope Fran­cis’ pa­pacy. In Evan­gelii Gaudium he ar­ticu- lated his vi­sion for the Church, that it be a place “where mercy is freely given.” Else­where he ex­plains that mercy is the very def­i­ni­tion of God. Though the Ju­bilee Year of Mercy is over, we pray we all wit­ness to God’s mercy. As Chris­tians, may mercy be our name.

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