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Matthew 9:9-17, Call of Matthew

Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today

Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 
— Matthew 9:12

NL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, February 12, 2019

by Rev. Stefanie Fauth, Clergy Stuff


Growing up, it was clear to me that church was a place to go and show others how “godly” you were.

We made sure to wear our Sunday best, we sat in our rows so everyone could see us, and we shook hands and said good morning like we hadn’t just been fighting with each other in the car.

We weren’t the only ones.

Somehow church has become a place to show others that you are Christian, rather than a place that the broken go for spiritual guidance and healing.

It’s hard to be vulnerable. It’s hard to welcome others when their brokenness seems scary.

But that’s what Jesus does. Enters into to the broken lives of those around him. Unflinchingly calling them into ministry, loving them as they are.

We need to do the same.

Narrative Lectionary Daily Reading:

The Calling of Matthew

 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed him.

 And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax-collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax-collectors and sinners?’ But when he heard this, he said, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.’

The Question about Fasting

 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, ‘Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?’ And Jesus said to them, ‘The wedding-guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak, for the patch pulls away from the cloak, and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.’

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