HOMILY, MONDAY OF THE TWENTY- FIFTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR ( A)
ST MATTHEW, AP & EVANGELIST ( FEAST)**
R1:- Ephesians 4:1-7.11-13
R2:- Philippians 2:6-11
Accl:- We praise you, O God; we acclaim you as the Lord; the glorious band of apostles sings your praise, O Lord!
Gospel:- Matthew 9:9-13
God is not concerned about what we cannot do. Rather, he focuses on what we can do. He is the one who made us and he knows the stuff we are made off.
While others saw the sinner in Matthew the tax collector, the Lord saw in him an evangelist. He made him one of his apostle. He made him a co- worker.
While we learn to encourage others by bringing out the best in them, let us submit ourselves to Jesus that he may use us for his own greater glory.
Matthew the Levi, was making his cool money at the tax booth, but his destiny was tied to something bigger than material wealth.
Likewise, we may be doing well in our chosen fields thinking that we are fulfilling our life purpose. The call of God for a specific mission may not be our initial choice or the countless opportunities that are before us. It is too painful to leave our comfort zone to follow the part of the cross. But the eternal gain is immense.
Dear beloved, let us open ourselves to be used by God. Let us submit our skills to him. Let us place all our endowment at his disposal.
May our lives mirror the life of Christ and may his glory shine upon our darkness that we may recognize him whenever he beckons and do his will wherever we find ourselves. Amen.