“Which child am I?” In the various vocations, duties and responsibilities that God has entrusted to us, we daily need to re-examine how dutiful we are in the vineyard of the Lord.
The worst part of the betrayal was that Jesus was betrayed by one of His own apostles. This hits hardest when Jesus Christ Himself says, “But see, the one who betrays me is with me, and his hand is on the table.” (Luke 22:21)
This is the time for us, for each one of us to look deeply into his or her life and give an answer to the questions of Jesus Christ most especially the second question, “And you, who do you say that I am?” (Luke 9:20).
Why should we pray for purity of intention? Someone may do something good (on the outside it is good) but when the intention, the heart with which it is done is not good. This is the experience of Herod in the Gospel today.
In our times too, God calls us in the various ways and sends us to others. We are messengers and we are to bring to others the message of God.
Mother Mary did not only practice the Word of God but She received the very Word of God who is Jesus Christ in her womb. Blessed are You O Blessed Virgin Mary who listened, who practiced the Word of God and gave birth to the Savior of the world.
Mother Church invites us all to celebrate the Feast of St. Matthew – Apostle and Evangelist. This is the man who heard the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ saying, “Follow me.” He left everything and followed Him. “How powerful were the words, “Follow me?”