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Matthew 9:11-13 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard this, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.”
Throughout scripture, we see that Jesus’ call is not necessarily good news for the powers that be. I love this particular instance in Matthew, where Jesus calls for a softening of the heart—not a fierce act of justice or a swift outward movement, but an inward turn of love. May we all carry soft hearts as we proclaim the gospel to those who are in sore need of its liberating love.
MOVING FORWARD: Do some searching around on the Internet about Liberation Theology. What do you think?
Today the Church remembers Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist.