For 4 July 2008, Friday of 13th week, based on Matthew 9:9-13
As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, â€œFollow me.â€ 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, â€œWhy does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?â€ But when he heard this, he said, â€œThose who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, â€˜I desire mercy, not sacrifice.â€™ For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.â€
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.