St. Matthew wants you to be ready for anything because the Kingdom of God is at hand and could be here at any moment. Be ready! Have your wedding robes on standby!
St. Matthew wants us to know that faith is known by its fruit because if we can bear the fruit of faith, it will bring sustenance to a world thirsting and hungering for righteousness.
St. Matthew wants you to know talk is cheap because faith that is only a profession of faith is insufficient. For Matthew faith requires a unity of faith and action. Of confession and deed. Of word and life.
Saint Matthew wants you to know God’s grace is free because it’s only when we understand that, that we allow ourselves to be the recipients of grace and are freed to extend grace to others.
St. Matthew wants us to know that Jesus is really big on forgiveness. St. Matthew understands that forgiveness is at the heart of the gospel. If we would be disciples of Jesus, sinners who are studying the lessons of their master, then we would live out this forgiveness in the world.