Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and evangelist
Every so often, I would ask certain parishioner to consider becoming a lector and read during the Mass, or to become a Eucharistic Minister to help distributing Holy Communion. But quite often I hear this type of response -- I am sorry, but I don’t feel worthy to give out Communion; or -- I am too big of a sinner to stand in front of the congregation and read the word of God. And I agree that we should approach the altar of God worthily. But we must admit that we are all sinners, and God needs people like you and me. Jesus was accused of associating with tax collectors like Matthew and of calling him to become His disciple. So, His response was: “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.” Again, we all are sinners, and that’s why Jesus calls us to His church. We should follow Him, not hide away from Him.