Matthew 9:9-13 Reflection – Empathize with the Heart

Reflection on Matthew 9:9-13 ~

When I look around, I see myself as one in a crowd of many who are in need of a spiritual physician.  If we want to let Jesus the “physician” help make us right we must step back from our worldliness. His gift leads us on a path towards purification so that mercy and compassion can rise up and out naturally. Our own healing helps us to understand how to empathize with the heart and mind of those in need because of what we have received.

The Calling of Saint Matthew James Tissot Brooklyn MuseumThe Calling of Saint Matthew, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum

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Additional Ordinary Time Reflections

Matthew 9 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

The Call of Matthew
9 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him.
10 And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. 11 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 this, 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, not sacrifice.’ For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.”

Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 9:9-13.