God Transforms Sinners into Saints

September 21:

FEAST: ST. MATTHEW, APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST

Eph.4:1-7.11-13/Ps.18:2-5/Matt.9:9-13

God Transforms Sinners into Saints

Are you worried that your sinful resume might debar you from the kingdom of heaven? No! It will not! However, your reluctance to embrace the call to discipleship with Christ and to amend your ways might cost you your salvation (Is.1:18-19). Christ came to call not the virtuous, but sinners to repentance (Matt.9:13). That, my friends, is the sound of good news and eternal happiness. Acknowledging we are sinner, we should all stand ready to welcome Christ as our saviour in our midst. We stand a good chance. We are the scattered sheep God sent Jesus to search for and lead them back into his fold (Matt.15:24).


God is calling you and me just as he called Matthew. He is waiting to welcome us and administer to us as he did for Mary Magdalene. The former was a bobolist, who exploited taxpayers and the system; the latter was a disreputable prostitute; both through their obedience to the call and their devotion to Christ made it into the calendar of saints. Will we stand up today and be counted among the saints when the roll is called up yonder?


Today the saints are models of hope for us who are still feeling lost and confused because sin continues to dominate our lives. There is no need to remain standing outside in the cold, afraid and trembling. Put our punitive minds behind our backs. Like Matthew and Mary Magdalene let us boldly accept Christ’s call to discipleship. Christ is not interested in judgment (Jn.3:17); he is not interested in sacrifice as much as he is concerned with showing us with his mercy.


“Follow me (Matt.9:9)”. This invitation applies no longer to Matthew per sé. Christ is inviting all of us. Christ is counting on us to follow him. Just as Paul told the Ephesians, Christ wants to share with us his own charisma to spread the Good News towards building up the Mystical Body of Christ in the world. It is in the process of doing so that God makes us the perfect man and woman, fully mature with the fullness of Christ himself (Eph.4:11-13). We are not worthy by our own standards but Christ makes us worthy by calling us and enlisting us among his saints.


St. Matthew, pray for us that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

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