Sermons on “Matthew”
Matthew was a sinner and a tax collector who became a disciple of Christ. He wrote St. Matthew’s Gospel. But why did so many tax collectors and sinners come and eat with Jesus because they saw Matthew hang out with Jesus? What does this mean for us today as we chase after Christ’s love?
One day St. Matthew was a tax collector, accustomed to cheating people; the next day a follower of Jesus. How does such dramatic change in a life happen? The Psalmist says, “A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (Ps. 51:17). God had to first break Matthew’s hardened heart in order for Christ’s call to reach him. It is only after a heart has broken from the preaching of the gospel that people can truly hear and respond to God’s call on their lives. Then God begins the work of healing and forming new hearts by his Holy Spirit.
If Peter is the “rock” (Matt. 16:18), Andrew is the pavement. Andrew shows us what it looks like to make a way for people to come to Jesus. Building bridges between people and Christ is key to living and fishing like disciples.
As we kick off our new sermon series, The Twelve: Taking the Word to the World, on the Feast of the Epiphany, we look at Peter. His story is one of him consistently missing God’s showings to him in Christ. How can we not fail to miss the Epiphany in our own life?