Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle September 21, 2023

Father Rick’s Two-Minute Homily for Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle September 21, 2023, Matthew 9:9-13

Dancing with Jesus.

It is not hard to imagine Peter carrying his load of fish from his boat to the tax collector’s booth. He’s been out all night in a rocking boat fighting the elements. Yet, this man is sitting here doing nothing but taking his money and too much of it. How Peter and the rest of the people hated this man called Matthew!

And now, what is this? This Jesus approaches Matthew and calls him to be his follower, just like he did Peter. Then Jesus sits down with him for a meal in Matthew’s house. It may take some time for me and you to live the way Jesus lived. Somehow, He looks past a person’s behavior and sees them at their very best.

He says, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” How many times a day I need to see only the person at their best,

The gospel challenge: Who is my Matthew that I must approach with the heart of Jesus? Discover what is best in your Matthew when the Lord reveals that person to you in prayer.


Fr. Rick Pilger, I.C.


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