May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/070116.cfm

As Jesus passed by, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples. The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” He heard this and said, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, I desire mercy, not sacrifice. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

Are you as grateful as I am that Christ came to call the sinners? I know I qualify for that. What about you? I have changed my life but I am nowhere near perfect, so I am grateful that Christ still takes sinners. No matter how hard I try, I continue to sin in so many ways. I thank the Lord that He gave us the Sacrament of Confession so I can continue to strive for perfection. Where are you in your walk? Still stumbling? Take heart, Jesus loves us as we are, but too much to leave us there! He will continue to call us sinners to His perfection, until we meet Him face to face. What a great day that will be!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the chance to always continue to improve and strive toward your perfection. In Jesus’ holy name I give you glory and praise, Amen!

One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

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