Gospel: Mt 9:9-13
As Jesus moved on from there, he saw a man named Matthew, at his seat in the custom-house; and he said to him, “Follow me!” And Matthew got up and followed him. Now it happened, while Jesus was at table in Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners joined Jesus and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why is it, that your master eats with sinners and tax collectors?”
When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people do not need a doctor, but sick people do. Go, and find out what this means: What I want is mercy, not sacrifice. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
In a delightful French musical entitled “The Choristers,” an inspired music teacher forms a choir involving every student of his class—except for one boy, who cannot sing a note. The boy sadly thinks that the teacher will abandon him in a corner because of that. But the teacher protests: “Alone in a corner? Never! I need you to hold my musical score for me.” And that is what the boy did, to his ecstatic joy. He could be part of The Choristers—in his own way.
In today’s first reading Paul tells us that we are all gifted to serve the Church in some capacity or other. But in this connection some Christians are very uneasy because they think they have no special talent. However, that cannot be. God gave a special talent to each one of us.
Three questions can help people discover their particular gift or talent: what do I really like doing? Am I good at it? Is there a need for it?
Usually doing what one loves doing and excelling at it, go together. And so, it should not be difficult, by answering these simple questions, to discover your own personal gift to the world.
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