Ephesians 4:1-7,11-13
1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called,2 with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love,3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call,5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,6 one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all.7 But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

11 And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,
12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ;

Matthew 9:9-13 

9 As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.10 And as he sat at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples.
11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”12 But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.
13 Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not call the righteous, but sinners.


THE FIRST READING: Paul is aware that the Ephesus church was in crises because the leaders of the different confraternities appeared to be at odds with one another, to the extent that the body of Christ could splinter and create denominationalism! 

Writing from his prison cell, Paul implore the leadership of the Church to be patient, mature and graceful in their dealings by respecting the different sacraments and assotiated sodalities—each with its own charisms—so as to maintain the unity of the body of Christ by avoiding division amongst the brethren. 

THE GOSPEL READING: Upon noticing that Christ was calling and entertaining the much maligned tax collecters who was reputed to be unforgiving in their dealing with the people, the Pharisees called into question Christs sitting at table with these ‘low level’ individuals who aught to be avoided at all costs.

Upon hearing the objections of the Pharisees, Christ unapologetically affirm His commitment and call to be in service of those who are spiritually sick; cut off from the body of Christ because of their sinful lifestyle, so they may be restored and become members of the body of Christ. You and I must learn what it means to be humble by submitting to the Sacrament of mercy and forgiveness—the confessional (v13), before we can join the table of The offering—the true ‘Karbanot’ or Sacrifice whereby we can sit at table with the Lord, the bride groom to partake of His flesh and blood! 

LET US PRAY:Psalms 19:2-5 

2 Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;4 yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun,5 which comes forth like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and like a strong man runs its course with joy.

Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days. 

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