Feast Day of St. Matthew
Thursday, September 21
Note: Today is also International Day of Peace
We sign ourselves in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Today is the Feast Day of St. Matthew. As one of the Gospel writers or Evangelists, Matthew followed Jesus and told the story of this relationship with a man he was convinced was God's son. Here is the story of Matthew's call from Jesus (Matt 9:9-13).
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 gospel of the Lord
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
Lord Jesus is here for everyone - that is the message we are called to share with our world.
Listen to this prayer called: Going to School.
May smiling faces welcome you
May helping hands welcome you
May kind teachers welcome you
May fears fly away
temper go away
lies stay away
May you make new friends
learn new things
grow strong limbs
May God make you thoughtful
Jesus make you happy
Spirit make you courageous.
Let us pray with the words that Jesus taught us:
Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done,
on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
 Ray Simpson Everyday Blessings Chicago, Loyola, 1999.