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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Thursday, 2023-09-21:

  • Saint Matthew the Evangelist, Apostle, Evangelist 2023:


    Eph 4:1-7, 11-13

    Brothers and sisters:
    I, a prisoner for the Lord,
    urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,
    with all humility and gentleness, with patience,
    bearing with one another through love,
    striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit
    through the bond of peace:
    one Body and one Spirit,
    as you were also called to the one hope of your call;
    one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
    one God and Father of all,
    who is over all and through all and in all.

    But grace was given to each of us
    according to the measure of Christ's gift.

    And he gave some as Apostles, others as prophets,
    others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,
    to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry,
    for building up the Body of Christ,
    until we all attain to the unity of faith
    and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,
    to the extent of the full stature of Christ.


    Ps 19:2-3, 4-5

    R. (5) Their message goes out through all the earth.
    The heavens declare the glory of God;
    and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
    Day pours out the word to day,
    and night to night imparts knowledge.
    R. Their message goes out through all the earth.
    Not a word nor a discourse
    whose voice is not heard;
    Through all the earth their voice resounds,
    and to the ends of the world, their message.
    R. Their message goes out through all the earth.


    Mt 9:9-13

    As Jesus passed by,
    he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post.
    He said to him, "Follow me."
    And he got up and followed him.
    While he was at table in his house,
    many tax collectors and sinners came
    and sat with Jesus and his disciples.
    The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples,
    "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?"
    He heard this and said,
    "Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
    Go and learn the meaning of the words,
    I desire mercy, not sacrifice.
    I did not come to call the righteous but sinners."


    Ordinary Time.


    1 Tm 4:12-16

    Let no one have contempt for your youth,
    but set an example for those who believe,
    in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity.
    Until I arrive, attend to the reading, exhortation, and teaching.
    Do not neglect the gift you have,
    which was conferred on you through the prophetic word
    with the imposition of hands by the presbyterate.
    Be diligent in these matters, be absorbed in them,
    so that your progress may be evident to everyone.
    Attend to yourself and to your teaching;
    persevere in both tasks,
    for by doing so you will save
    both yourself and those who listen to you.


    PS 111:7-8, 9, 10

    R. (2) How great are the works of the Lord!
    The works of his hands are faithful and just;
    sure are all his precepts,
    Reliable forever and ever,
    wrought in truth and equity.
    R. How great are the works of the Lord!
    He has sent deliverance to his people;
    he has ratified his covenant forever;
    holy and awesome is his name.
    R. How great are the works of the Lord!
    The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
    prudent are all who live by it.
    His praise endures forever.
    R. How great are the works of the Lord!


    Lk 7:36-50

    A certain Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him,
    and he entered the Pharisee's house and reclined at table.
    Now there was a sinful woman in the city
    who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee.
    Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment,
    she stood behind him at his feet weeping
    and began to bathe his feet with her tears.
    Then she wiped them with her hair,
    kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment.
    When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this he said to himself,
    "If this man were a prophet,
    he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him,
    that she is a sinner."
    Jesus said to him in reply,
    "Simon, I have something to say to you."
    "Tell me, teacher," he said.
    "Two people were in debt to a certain creditor;
    one owed five hundred days' wages and the other owed fifty.
    Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both.
    Which of them will love him more?"
    Simon said in reply,
    "The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven."
    He said to him, "You have judged rightly."
    Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon,
    "Do you see this woman?
    When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet,
    but she has bathed them with her tears
    and wiped them with her hair.
    You did not give me a kiss,
    but she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered.
    You did not anoint my head with oil,
    but she anointed my feet with ointment.
    So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven;
    hence, she has shown great love.
    But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little."
    He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."
    The others at table said to themselves,
    "Who is this who even forgives sins?"
    But he said to the woman,
    "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

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