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Jesus saw him and because He loved him, He chose him
Jesus saw him and because He loved him, He chose him
Jesus saw him and because He loved him, He chose him
 
 
 
 

 
 

The Calling of Saint Matthew by Nicolaes Pieterszoon Berchem (1620–1683) and Jan Baptist Weenix (1621–1659); circa 1655; Royal Picture Gallery Mauriitshuis, the Hague, Netherlands; commons.wikimedia.org
 
 
Jesus saw him and because He loved him, He chose him

From a Homily by Saint Bede the Venerable, presbyter
(Hom. 21: CCL 122, 149-151)


Jesus saw a man called Matthew sitting at the desk of the tax collector's office, and He said to him: Follow me. Jesus saw Matthew with the internal sight of His love, rather than with mere corporal eyesight. Jesus saw the publican and, because He loved him, He chose him. And He said to him: Follow me. Follow me, which means, more than with your steps, with your way of acting. Because, as Saint John tells us: Whoever says he abides in Christ ought to walk in the same way in which He walked.

The sacred text continues telling us that he got up and followed Him. One must not be puzzled by the fact that this tax collector, before the first imperative command of the Lord, abandoned his preoccupation for earthly gains and, leaving aside all his riches, would adhere himself to the group that followed Him, a group that he saw totally lacking of any worth.

This is because the Lord, who called Matthew to follow Him with His voice, illuminated him in an interior and invisible way to follow Him, infusing in Matthew's mind spiritual grace, so he could understand that the One who here on earth invited him to leave his temporal affairs was capable of giving him in Heaven an incorruptible treasure.

And so it happened that, Jesus being at table with Matthew, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. The conversion of just one publican was an example of repentance and pardon for many other publicans and sinners.

This was a beautiful anticipation, since Matthew, who was destined to be apostle and teacher of the gentiles, with the first interaction with the Lord, drew after him a whole crowd of sinners. In this manner, already at the initial stages of his faith, Matthew commences his ministry as evangelizer which later on, arriving to its maturity in virtue, he was to undertake.

If we seek to penetrate more deeply into the significance of these events, we must observe that Matthew did not only offer the Lord a corporal banquet at his earthly house, but that he prepared for Him, by his faith and his love, another banquet far more pleasing in the house of his inner self, in accordance with what Saint John writes in the Apocalypse: Look how I am at the door of your heart and I call you; if someone hears My voice and opens the door I will enter into their house; I will dine with him and he with Me.

We listen to His voice, we open for Him the door and we receive Him into our house, when we, with good assent lend him our full consent and approval to His warnings, whether they come from the outside, or from within, and we put by our works what we know to be His will.

He enters to dine with us and us with Him, because the gift of His Love inhabits in the hearts of the elect, so as to satiate them with the Light of His continuous presence, making it so that His desires bring us more and more each time to the things of Heaven and having Him delight in those desires as a most flavorful ambrosia.


PRAYER

Our God who, in Your ineffable mercy, chose Saint Matthew to transform him from a tax collector into an apostle, make it so that we also, imitating his example and supported by his intercession, follow You with fidelity, no matter what the circumstances of our life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit and is God, for ever and ever. Amen


Translated from the Spanish Liturgies of the Hours by Jan Paul von Wendt - liturgiasdelashoras.com.ar


 
Jesus saw him and because He loved him, He chose him

From a Homily by Saint Bede the Venerable, presbyter
(Hom. 21: CCL 122, 149-151)


Jesus saw a man called Matthew sitting at the desk of the tax collector's office, and He said to him: Follow me. Jesus saw Matthew with the internal sight of His love, rather than with mere corporal eyesight. Jesus saw the publican and, because He loved him, He chose him. And He said to him: Follow me. Follow me, which means, more than with your steps, with your way of acting. Because, as Saint John tells us: Whoever says he abides in Christ ought to walk in the same way in which He walked.

The sacred text continues telling us that he got up and followed Him. One must not be puzzled by the fact that this tax collector, before the first imperative command of the Lord, abandoned his preoccupation for earthly gains and, leaving aside all his riches, would adhere himself to the group that followed Him, a group that he saw totally lacking of any worth.

This is because the Lord, who called Matthew to follow Him with His voice, illuminated him in an interior and invisible way to follow Him, infusing in Matthew's mind spiritual grace, so he could understand that the One who here on earth invited him to leave his temporal affairs was capable of giving him in Heaven an incorruptible treasure.

And so it happened that, Jesus being at table with Matthew, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. The conversion of just one publican was an example of repentance and pardon for many other publicans and sinners.

This was a beautiful anticipation, since Matthew, who was destined to be apostle and teacher of the gentiles, with the first interaction with the Lord, drew after him a whole crowd of sinners. In this manner, already at the initial stages of his faith, Matthew commences his ministry as evangelizer which later on, arriving to its maturity in virtue, he was to undertake.

If we seek to penetrate more deeply into the significance of these events, we must observe that Matthew did not only offer the Lord a corporal banquet at his earthly house, but that he prepared for Him, by his faith and his love, another banquet far more pleasing in the house of his inner self, in accordance with what Saint John writes in the Apocalypse: Look how I am at the door of your heart and I call you; if someone hears My voice and opens the door I will enter into their house; I will dine with him and he with Me.

We listen to His voice, we open for Him the door and we receive Him into our house, when we, with good assent lend him our full consent and approval to His warnings, whether they come from the outside, or from within, and we put by our works what we know to be His will.

He enters to dine with us and us with Him, because the gift of His Love inhabits in the hearts of the elect, so as to satiate them with the Light of His continuous presence, making it so that His desires bring us more and more each time to the things of Heaven and having Him delight in those desires as a most flavorful ambrosia.


PRAYER

Our God who, in Your ineffable mercy, chose Saint Matthew to transform him from a tax collector into an apostle, make it so that we also, imitating his example and supported by his intercession, follow You with fidelity, no matter what the circumstances of our life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit and is God, for ever and ever. Amen


Translated from the Spanish Liturgies of the Hours by Jan Paul von Wendt - liturgiasdelashoras.com.ar


 
 
 
 
September 21 - Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist - Jesus saw him and because He loved him, He chose him - from a Homily by Saint Bede the Venerable (673-735), Priest


 
 

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OUR FATHER

Our Father, Who Art In Heaven
Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Liberate us from all temptation[*]
And deliver us from all evil. Amen



[*] Liberate us is in keeping with the original Latin text.
       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation
       (unless we are tested),
       but gives us the grace to overcome and/or resist it
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HAIL MARY

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art though among women,
And blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mary of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and in the hour
Of our death. Amen


 
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APOSTLE'S CREED

I believe in God, the Father Almighty Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Ghost,[*]
The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen


[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
[**] the Dead: "inferi", the underworld or the dead in Latin.
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GLORIA

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all her iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gate of hell.
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May then rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Thy Spirit.

(50 days indulgence to all who pray the De Profundis with V. and R.
"Requiem aeternam" (Eternal Rest) three times a day.
Pope Leo XIII, February 3, 1888)


Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all
the faithful, we beseech Thee to grant
to the souls of Thy servants the remission
of their sins, so that by our prayers
they may obtain pardon for which they long.
O Lord, who lives and reigns,
world without end. Amen

May they rest in peace. Amen

CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
PADRE NUESTRO

Padre Nuestro,
que estas en los Cielos
Santificado sea Tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu Reino;
Hágase Tu Voluntad
en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros
perdonamos a los que nos ofenden,
No nos dejes caer en la tentación,
y líbranos del mal. Amén
 
CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
AVE MARÍA

Dios te salve, María,
llena eres de gracia;
El Señor es Contigo;
Bendita Tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
Y bendito es el fruto
De tu vientre, Jesús.
 
Santa María,
Madre de Dios,
Ruega por nosotros
pecadores,
Ahora y en la hora
De nuestra muerte.
Amén
 
CERRAR
CREDO

Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo,
Su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor,
Que fue concebido por obra
y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
Nació de la Santa María Virgen;
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado,
Descendió a los infiernos,
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
Subió a los cielos
Y está sentado a la derecha de Dios,
Padre Todopoderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar
a los vivos y a los muertos.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo,
La Santa Iglesia Católica,
La comunión de los santos,
El perdón de los pecados,
La resurrección de la carne
Y la vida eterna. Amén
 
 
CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos
a la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia.
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

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GLORIA

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia,
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
R. Y haced lucir sobre ellas
vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
R. Amén.