Wednesday, the 19th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Stephen of Hungary
Readings for today’s Mass
What a great teaching this is for Matthew to include in his gospel. One of the original twelve apostles was a tax collector named Matthew. It was perfectly natural to despise him. They represented Roman occupation. The social norm for dealing with them, and the gentiles, was shunning. No hanging out with them, no texting or hobnobbing in bars.
Isn’t it just like Jesus to mess up a fine social establishment? Part of the reason for Jesus’ execution was his public defiance of oppressive laws and social mores: touching sick or dead people, helping others out - feeding and healing them on the Sabbath, even eating and drinking with social trash! “And they said, ‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners”. (Mt11:19) When Jesus suggested we “treat them like tax collectors”, keep all of this in mind.
Today is the feast of the undesirable tax collector. Treat him and all undesirables in your life as Jesus did. He was a neighbor to each of them. He ate and drank with them. He simply loved them.