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Matthew [9:9-13] The Calling of Matthew Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 9,9-13. As Jesus passed by, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, "…More
Matthew [9:9-13] The Calling of Matthew

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 9,9-13.
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."

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Saint Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938)

Religious Sister
Diary, § 283 (trans. © Congregation of Marians, 1987)

"I did not come to call the righteous but sinners"
God, one in the Holy Trinity, I want to love You as no human soul has ever loved You before; and although l am utterly miserable and small, I have nevertheless cast the anchor of my trust deep down into the abyss of Your mercy, O my God and Creator! In spite of my great misery I fear nothing, but hope to sing You a hymn of glory for ever. Let no soul, even the most miserable, fall prey to doubt; for, as long as one is alive, each one can become a great saint, so great is the power of God's grace. It remains only for us not to oppose God's action.