Reflections with Fr. Mark
Dear Parishioners,

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Matthew, the Apostle and Evangelist. As we celebrate this former tax collector, answer this question: How do you feel about the IRS?  LOL.  I can imagine the look on your face as you quickly have images racing through your mind of the government taking money out of your paycheck, programs wasting your hard-earned money on trains to nowhere, studies of the dating lives of mosquitoes, etc.  LOL.  Then, we try and protect some of that hard-earned money only to be taxed, re-taxed and taxed again!  When does it stop?  I digress!

Today, we celebrate a tax collector called to “rise up” to a new position.  Matthew was called to become an Apostle; and, later, to tell the story in a gospel.  We hear in today’s gospel, “I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”  That was Matthew.  And, that is us!

The journey continues.

Blessings,

Fr. Mark