August 15, 2022     7:41 am
53. Week of Second Sunday after Epiphany - Wednesday
I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance
          I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance   Mathew 9:13
          We have so far, since Epiphany Day, beheld Jesus' divine glory, from His miracles. We shall now view His saving glory, the glory of His mercy toward poor sinners. When our Lord had healed the paralysed man in Capernaum, He went to the Sea of Galilee with His disciples. And He saw a man named Levi Matthew sitting at the receipt of custom. This was one of the justly ill-famed and proverbial publicans, who were guilty of so much injustice. Jesus said to him: "Follow me." He became the Apostle Matthew. This same Matthew then made a great feast in his own house for Jesus and His disciples, and there was a great company of publicans and other sinners that sat down with them. And when the self-righteous, sanctimonious Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples after the feast: "Why does your Master eat with publicans and sinners?" When Jesus heard this, He said to them: "Those that are whole do not need a physician, but those that are sick do. But you go and learn what that means, I will have mercy and not sacrifice; for I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." (Matt. 9:9-13.)
          Jesus has come expressly for us poor and condemned sinners, and not for the good and righteous. And us He calls to repentance, that penitently we acknowledge our sin, and believe in Him, and take full and lasting comfort in Him. Not a single sinner is excepted, however wicked he may be.
          PRAYER: - Dear Heavenly Father, who through Your Word has called us miserable sinners to Your kingdom, where there is forgiveness of sins, which Your dear Son has merited, and every grace and mercy, I beseech You so to enlighten my heart by Your Holy Spirit that like Matthew, the publican, I may always follow that call, ceasing to sin, bettering my life, and looking confidently to Your dear Son, Jesus Christ, for all grace, and thus finally entering heaven. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 15, 2022     7:41 am