Fr. Sanctus Mario
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Jesus is ready to forgive. Friday 13th Week Ordinary Time of the Year B

Breakfast with The Word Friday 13th Week Ordinary Time of the Year B

 

Matthew 9:9-13.

 

Do you know that there are times when we remember our pasts and mistakes, it looks as if God can never forgive us? Some people believe that their past is the reason they are not progressing in life. 

 

Yes, sin can be dangerous. Sirach described it like a snake. In Sirach 21:2, He writes, “avoid sin as if it is a snake. When you do it, it will sink into your soul like a lion and destroy you”. 

 

 

In Romans 3:23, Paul writes that we have come short of the glory of God because we are sinners. It does not mean that we will continue to dwell on our mistakes when we make mistakes in life. 

 

God does not like us to glory in sin. Also, He does not want us to perish in it. It is the reason He is patient with us and expects us to return to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9). Today, I want to tell you that Jesus can forgive us again. Jesus is ready to forgive you. 

 

I remember those days when I was a seminarian. After our usual daily morning prayer, a man walked up to me and complained that His son has stopped going to church, and He does not know His reasons for such a decision. I took my time to talk with the boy. 

 

After, I discovered that the boy had no problem. His only problem was that He promised God something but was not able to keep the promise. So, He concluded that God would never forgive Him.

 

 I took time to make Him understand that Jesus is not wicked, that He is not interested in looking for those to punish. Jesus is always ready to forgive. The boy came back to life after I took the time to counsel Him and advise Him to seek the mercy of God. 

 

Therefore, we have to know that God is interested to bring us back to Him. He does not want us to be a slave to sin but to come to Him for repentance. 

 

Therefore, if you are still worrying about that sin and the past mistakes, always know that Jesus came so that sinners like us can come to repentance. 

 

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The Call of Matthew.

 

Having demonstrated His authority to forgive sins in yesterday’s gospel, Jesus proceeds to call to Himself a man whose occupation made him a core sinner. 

 

The gospel relates that as Jesus was walking, He saw a man named Matthew sitting by the customs house, and He said to him, ‘Follow me.’ Matthew got up and followed him. 

 

Since today is not the feast of Saint Matthew, we are not going to dwell much on Him but on the action of Jesus towards this man every man detests as a sinner. 

 

Matthew As A Sinner.

 

It is good to note here why the Pharisees see Matthew as a sinner. Matthew is a tax collector. At that time, the provinces of Judea were under the Roman Empire, and as such, they pay taxes to Rome. 

 

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So, the Romans appoint some Jewish men to collect these taxes. These Tax collectors sometimes determine what people can pay to the empire. 

 

It was a lucrative office because they over-collect or overcharge taxes and retain a commission to serve as their pay. So, they were hated by the people because they sometimes collect taxes at unbelievably high rates, keeping the excess for themselves. 

 

 

It is the reason Zacchaeus promises Jesus that He would “payback four times” anyone he had defrauded. People hate them because of this and see them as depraved, sinful and most corrupt. So, Matthew is one of these sinful and corrupt tax collectors.

 

Therefore, the call of Matthew today is a pointer that God can still use anyone to work for Him. He has not abandoned us yet. It is a pointer that Jesus is ready to forgive the sinner who is willing to leave His pasts and follow Him, just like Matthew did.

 

 

 As He calls Matthew, He is continually calling us to come and follow Him. The problem here is that we say no to this call to live the way we want.

 

Sometimes, we glory in sin and even boast of it. Also, many see God as a wicked Father that can never forgive us when we offend Him. Let us always know that God is ready to forgive us, but we are not ready to repent. 

 

What does God expect from Us?

 

 

Immediately Jesus calls Matthew, He did not waste a single moment. Maybe He has heard about Jesus. Hence, He does not wish to waste such an opportunity. He jumped on his feet immediately and left the tax collector’s booth. He did not begin to count his losses and gains. 

Matthew immediately said yes to Jesus just as the Blessed Virgin Mary said yes to Angel Gabriel. In essence, God demands A yes answer to His call. 

Every day He speaks to us through inspiration, homilies, sermons, friends, through experiences, parents etc. The conscience continues to disturb us whenever we offend Him. Therefore, let us be willing to say yes to Him and change our lives. 

 

So, Jesus is ready to forgive us, but we are still busy with the world. He expects us to rise and walk back to Him in repentance. 

 

Matthew was a sinner and tax collector, and today, God transformed his gift of writing and recording to be one of the gospel evangelists. 

 

In essence, He used His gift to compile all that Jesus did. Therefore, God can transform that energy we use in perpetrating evil to be an instrument of His gospel.

 

 He can transform that lying lips to be an instrument to convince people to repentance. God can transform that insulting tongue to be an instrument to inspire people. He can change that wicked heart as a strong heart willing to go through hard times to convert souls. 

 

Paul was once a murderer, but God used the energy in Him to promote the gospel. What we have to do is to rise and respond to His call.

 

Hence, Jesus is ready to forgive you if you can be willing to come to Him again. He can use you to bring souls back to Him. 

 

 

He Desires Mercy and Not Self Righteousness.

 

 

The Pharisees see themselves as those who are self-righteous and were worried to see Jesus eat with tax collectors.

 

In their thinking, Jesus has nothing to do with sinners. They talk to the disciples about it as a way to discredit Jesus as the Messiah.

To correct this, Jesus tells the Pharisee and the scribes this is why He came in the first place. 

He tells them today that what He desires is mercy and not sacrifice. Therefore, Jesus is ready to forgive that mistake that keeps you in worry.

 

Jesus longs to make us well again. He is not for those who think they are well already. His coming is to call sinners to repentance. 

 

Jesus likens Himself to a physician whose interest is to heal and make people come to life again. 

Therefore, do not worry and be depressed about the past. Jesus is ready to forgive you again. Let us rise and come to Him and run away from sinful living. He expects a yes answer to this and not a no answer. 

 

May God have mercy on us and give us the grace to remain close to Jesus. May He forgive all our sins. Amen. 

 

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89 Comments
  1. Chinyere Onyejekwe says

    Amen oooooooooo, be merciful to me oh Lord

    1. UGWU CHIOMA says

      Amen. May God in his infinite mercy forgive our sins through christ our Lord amen

    2. Julie says

      Amen

  2. Ugwu Grace Ngozi says

    Amen, God bless you Fr.

  3. Obinna says

    Amen.. Thank you Padre

    1. Agbai ujunwa felicity says

      Thank you Jesus for yours mercies towards us

    2. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

      Amen! Thank you Jesus for your mercy upon my life.

  4. Rosemary says

    Amen 🙏🙏

  5. Ifeoma Ugwueze says

    Father, have mercy on me and forgive me all my sins in Jesus name, Amen🙏🙏

    Thank you Jesus

  6. Joy says

    Amen, wonderful write up. Keep it up

    1. Chinasa says

      Amen

  7. OKoli Geraldine Ogonna says

    Amen

  8. Clareth says

    Amen

  9. Omeke Kelechukwu Philomena says

    Amen

    May God grant us the grace to always come back to Him and ask for mercy anytime we sin against Him.

    Thank you Fr. for the Homily!

  10. Ugwumgbor Odinaka says

    Amen…

    1. UCHEM AUGUSTA DABERECHI says

      Very encouraging!

      Remain blessed Father.

  11. Blessing Chilo says

    Amen. Jesus come into my heart and make my soul your dwelling place.

    1. Bibiana Uche Unachukwu and family says

      Amen and God bless you Fr.

  12. Nenye says

    Amen and Amen

  13. Charles Ndubuisi says

    Amen

  14. Chisom Egwudike says

    Amen

  15. Anujue Ifeanyichukwu Godwin says

    O, God, let your mercy rain upon us, and let Your Grace help us.In Jesus mighty name.Amen

  16. Lilian Ndudi says

    All I need is your grace O Lord to come to you trusting you always with my everything, Amen.

    Thanks Fr.

  17. Uchechi stella says

    You’re a priest forever. May your Oil continue to flow and never run dry Amen.

  18. Uchechi stella says

    We are not worthy even to mention His name. May the mercy of God continue to speak for me ,for us all the days of our lives. amen

  19. Ekwem Emmanuela says

    Amen

  20. Ogochukwu says

    Amen

  21. Marvelous Egbebike says

    Lord forgive my sins and give me the grace to follow

    Amen

  22. Jude says

    Merciful Jesus I trust in You.

  23. Stella Maduka says

    Amen

  24. Helen says

    Amen. Thank you Padre!

  25. Eririogu Fidelia says

    Amen

  26. Egbueri Chibueze says

    Amen. Ọ God forgive me all my sins

  27. Okwuchukwu Judith says

    Lord pls forgive all my sons and bring me back for I’m your daughter

  28. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks Padre
    Happy New month

  29. Okonkwo onyinye says

    Amen

  30. Ofoma Onyedikachi says

    Amen 🙏🙏🙏

  31. Chioma Frances Egwuogu says

    Loving Jesus please forgive me for all that I have done to offend you.i repent wholeheartedly from my sins. Thank you for forgiving me in Jesus name! Amen

  32. Okeji Ukamaka says

    Amen. Bless u too Padre

  33. Ugwu Obianuju G says

    Amen

  34. Chinasa Ogili says

    Amen

  35. Uchenna Obeta says

    Amen

  36. Jared Ogare says

    Father help us not look at our past sinful life,Amen

  37. Desmond Oloto says

    Amen 🙏

  38. Otokpa Elijah says

    Amen, father remember the sacrifice of the cross and have mercy on me.

  39. Chukwukere Josephine says

    Amen oooooo thank you Father

  40. Reuben says

    It’s a marvelous one.
    God increase you always!

  41. Grace Yina says

    Amen, thank you Fr and happy new month

  42. Eberechi Mercy says

    Amen

  43. Yolanda Malebatsane says

    Amen🙏🙏🙏

  44. Ogwa Oluchi Rose says

    Amen

  45. Ijeoma Ugorji says

    Amen.

  46. Nkoli Nora Anabiri says

    Amennnnnnn

  47. IGNATIUS ONYEABOR says

    Amen

  48. Ugwu Grace Ngozi says

    Amen, God bless you Fr

  49. Ifeoma Ugwueze says

    Amen

  50. Munachimso onuoha says

    Amen

  51. Edith Oramalu says

    Oh God have mercy on me 🙏 Amen

  52. Regina Mobu says

    Amen! Lord help me to be a changed person through this Novena. Thank you father for taking us through another spiritual journey. God bless and keep you safe and sound for us.

  53. Onyinyechi Emeka-Ude says

    May God help me to love him more every day and avoid every occasion of sin in Jesus mighty name Amen.

  54. Rosemary says

    Amen

  55. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says

    Amen and Amen

  56. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen. I pray for the grace of God upon my life.

  57. Ezeagu Anuli says

    Amen, God bless you real good Padre

  58. Ebhohon Agbonmwenre Queen says

    Amen

  59. Mercy E Johnny says

    Amen, Lord Jesus be merciful to me a sinner. And always bless the words of ur priest Fr Sanctus Mario to convert souls to you. Amen

  60. Angela lkeota says

    Amen, May God of mercy continue to forgive our sins

  61. Angela lkeota says

    Amen, May God of mercy forgive us our sins

  62. Okeke Juliet Nneka says

    Amen 🙏

  63. Adeline Chidimma says

    Amen and Amen

  64. Mrs Okoli Chisom Perpetua Oguguo says

    Thank you Jesus for today’s breakfast.It is really for me..I worry so much of my past😭😭.God here I am, have mercy upon me and forgive me😭😭🤲🤲

  65. Doris Ugochukwu says

    Amen

  66. Ugwu Josephine Nnenna says

    Amen. Thank you Fr.

  67. Uzoma Daniel chidera says

    Amen ooo

  68. Rosemary Umeze says

    Amen

  69. Constance Ugwuanyi says

    Amen. Thank you Fr. Remain blessed!

  70. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr

  71. Chisom Egwudike says

    Grant us the grace not to dwell on our past sins. Amen!

  72. Anthonia Okonkwo says

    Amen.

  73. Obika Chidimma says

    Amen, and you too Fr.

  74. Carmela U. Ekwem says

    Amen! & Amen! Thanks and God bless you Fr.

  75. Michael Jones says

    Amen

  76. Uc Okey says

    Amen

  77. Amadi Chioma says

    Amen oo
    Oh God please hide our sins of our youth, we no sin no more.

  78. Eririogu Fidelia says

    Amen. thanks and God bless

  79. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed Fr.

  80. Dr Nicholas Onyia A. says

    Thank you Jesus for accepting me the way I am. May I continue to abide in you all the days of my life, by virtue of your sufficient grace. I pray in Jesus name, amen. Remain blessed, fr.

  81. Ejimmadu Noel says

    Amen.

  82. Helen says

    Amen🙏🏼 Lord have mercy on us…

    Thank you Padre 🙏

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