St. Matthew, Apostle
As Jesus passed on from there, 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" (Matthew 9: 9-13).
We are all sinners. We all make mistakes. Jesus does not want us to think or speak badly about others because of their sins. The sins are wrong and to be avoided but we are to love the person. There is a phrase,” Hate the sin and love the sinner.” God wants us to help one another in charity and service not ruin one another with lies and gossip.
Jesus, I only want to speak well of others. Help me to hold my tongue the next time I am tempted to speak poorly of someone.
Impact Sports: Do I personally strive to improve every week?
Impact Life: Do I help my parents and siblings joyfully?