Today the Church celebrates the Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist, whom Jesus called as recounted in the ninth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel. Our devotional reading comes from Meditations on the Gospels: According to His Word.
Read the propers for today in Lutheran Service Builder.
Matthew broke with the past. He knew he could not find peace and salvation where he was. Most of all, he knew he couldn’t save himself. Matthew told this to his friends as he invited Jesus to his house to meet his associates. They, too, should know that he had broken with his yesterdays and that Jesus had brought about this change. He was a new creature through Christ. He was born again. But the Pharisees could not understand that. A man like Matthew did not fit into their pattern, and so they ruled him out.
We must ever be on the alert lest we, too, depend on our own virtues and try to make them do. But no matter how good we appear to others, these patches of our own goodness do not clothe us as acceptable to God. Outward reforming does not transform the heart. Jesus must enter and take full possession of us. When that happens, joy fills our lives, peace comes to our mind, and we look forward with hope that goes beyond old age and death. Through Christ and His cross we see beyond this life heaven and God.
Devotional reading is adapted from Meditations on the Gospels: According to His Word, page 72 © 2009 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved.
Choral Reflection is "I Shall Not Die, but Live" from I Shall Not Die, but Live: Two Reformation Motets by Ludwig Senfl and Martin Luther,
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