Reflection for Friday, July 7, 2017: 13th Week in Ordinary Time.

dc.contributor.authorHauser, Richard, S.J.en_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorHauser, Richard J., S.J.en_US Ien_US Timeen_US 13en_US
dc.description.abstract"I did not come to call the righteous but sinners" (Mt 9:13).|Today's Gospel really made me think.  It presents a  disconcerting picture of Jesus  and a disconcerting picture of the people he chose to be his closest disciples.|We would suspect that when choosing his closest disciples Jesus would go first to the religious figures in his culture.  Wouldn't we expect him to choose first from among the priests who officiate at the temple services and also from  among the Pharisees who are the official teachers and  interpreters of the Jewish law? Yet there is no evidence that he called members of either group to be among his closest disciples.|Whom did he choose? Matthew, the author of  today's Gospel, indicates that  he went to tax collectors -- like himself   -- and to "sinners" -- folks officially ostrasized by official Judaism because of non-observance of aspects of Jewish Torah.|Jesus doesn't seem to care what official status one has in society; he does however seem to care deeply  about who you are as a person. In fact he seems attracted primarily to those with little or no status in society.  Jesus seems attracted to peasants, fishermen, children, women, the physically and mentally impaired – yes even outcasts and "sinners."|Today's Gospel prompted me to ask: To whom would Jesus be attracted to today? Whom would he call to be his closest disciples?|Do we ostrasize and demean certain groups of people whom Jesus himself might be specially drawn to?|Today's Gospel got me wondering.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 381en_US
dc.program.unitPresident's Officeen_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.subject.local1Genesis 23:1-4, 19; 24:1-8, 62-67en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 106:1b-2, 3-4a, 4b-5en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 9:9-13en_US
dc.titleReflection for Friday, July 7, 2017: 13th Week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
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