Monday, September 21, 2015

Be an example to others

Saint Matthew, apostle and evangelist - Feast

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."


Most of us tend to dissociate with the people whom we considered sinners. But who are we to say that they are sinners? If we will meet a person who are law breaker or maybe a person who oftentimes commit something which we think wrong, we tend to dissociate with them. However, Christ is really clear in his message from this gospel that He did not come on earth for the righteous but for the sinners. Based on Christ's actuation, we should never dissociate ourselves with sinners. We should help them instead not to commit sin again. We know how difficult to convince a person who oftentimes committed wrong especially that they are already of age and have already an independent mind in knowing what is wrong and what is right. But since we are Christians, we should follow what Christ has done. We should also come to this earth for the sinners not to commit sin again. But how? Especially we, Filipinos, don't like confrontation. But doing what is right and be a role model to others, that could be of great advice to sinners not to commit sin again. Be an example to others.

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