If we want to be with Jesus,
we must forget ourselves, carry our cross and follow.
If we want to save our life we will lose it
but if we lose our life for Christ and for the gospel,
we will save it.
With us it is impossible, but not for God.
Only God can save us.
Gospel Reading - The call of Matthew
9As Jesus was going on down the road, he saw a tax collector, Matthew,a sitting at a tax collection booth. “Come and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him, and Matthew jumped up and went along with him.
10Later, as Jesus and his disciples were eating dinner at Matthew’s house,b there were many notorious swindlers there as guests!
11The Pharisees were indignant. “Why does your teacher associate with men like that?”
12“Because people who are well don’t need a doctor! It’s the sick people who do!” was Jesus’ reply. 13Then he added, “Now go away and learn the meaning of this verse of Scripture,
‘It isn’t your sacrifices and your gifts I want — I want you to be merciful.’c
For I have come to urge sinners, not the self-righteous, back to God.”. . . . .Matthew 9:9-13
- The Matthew who wrote this book.
- see Hosea 6:6.
The Lord's Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.