I desire mercy, not sacrifice

Greetings on this the Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and evangelist
Readings: Eph 4:1-7, 11-13; PS 19:2-3, 4-5; Mt 9:9-13
Notes: Moral life is not the sum of the believer. It is the unity


First reading
I, a prisoner for the Lord,
urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received.

It isn’t only the moral life of humility, gentleness, patience in love but in Unity.
A unity that brings peace.

Paul brings us the Seven Unities of Christian Belief:

  • Church (one body).
  • Spirit.
  • Hope.
  • Lord.
  • Faith in Christ.
  • Baptism.
  • One God (who is Father).

Responsorial Psalm
Their message goes out through all the earth.

Alleluia Verse
We praise you, O God,
we acclaim you as Lord;
the glorious company of Apostles praise you.

Gospel Portion
I desire mercy, not sacrifice.

The word ‘mercy’ comes from the Latin misericordia, which in turn comes from the two words miseria, meaning wretchedness, misery or affliction, and cor, meaning heart. Thus etymologically mercy means a heart for the wretchedness or affliction of another. Or, as we understand it in English, it means compassion or pity.


Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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