Sermons in “The Twelve”
What really gives life its meaning? How do we handle the fact that we almost certainly will not be remembered for long after our earthly lives?
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.