Readings of the Day: Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
Go and learn what this means, `I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners."
Reading For the Day
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;
Response: Their message goes out through all the earth.
- 1 The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
- 2 Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. R
- 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, R
Gospel for the Day
- 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 to call the righteous, but sinners."
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