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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Friday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

July 6, 2018

Friday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time


 Genesis 23:1-4, 19 ; 24:1-8, 62-67;

 Psalm 106:1-5;

Gospel MT 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."

 


The call of Mathew


 

The word Matthew is derived from the Hebrew word ‘mattityah’, which means “gift of God.” He was identified with Levi a tax collector whom Jesus called to follow him. He was a Jew born at Galilee. The tax collectors were despised and considered traitors by their fellow Jews. They associated with gentiles and collected funds for the Roman oppressors. If Levi was a tax collector in Capernaum, then fish were indeed one of the commodities regularly taxed in the region. In that case, he probably was already well known and despised by Simon and Andrew, Jacob and john.


There is story associated with the name of Matthew. Two Jews named Levi and Lamech went together to the baptismal font to be baptized. And the first to be called for baptism was Levi. When he came out of the font after baptism, Lamech greeted him eagerly: “Well, Levi, how did it go?” Levi paid no attention to his friend and started to move away. Lamech went after him and asked: “what is the matter with you?” Levi answered: “nothing is the matter with me, in the first place my name is not Levi, it is Matthew, in the second place, I do not have anything to say to you Jews. You crucified our Lord”


Mark tells us that Matthew is “son of Alphaeus.” Levi is not mentioned in Luke’s list of the Twelve (Luke 6:12-16), but James son of Alphaeus is mentioned. Matthew does not mention Levi in his list of the Twelve, but he does list Matthew the tax collector right before the son of Alphaeus (Matt. 10:2-4). It is certainly possible that Levi and Matthew are two names for the same person. Various ancients, including early Jews had more than one name, sometime the second name was used (e. g., Simon and Cephas: Paul and Saul). Let us pray for his intercession so that we may become genuine followers of Jesus Christ.


Fr. Davis Panadan CMI


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