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St. Matthew

Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13
Psalm 19:2-5
Matthew 9:9-13

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walking off the job

"I plead with you, then, as a prisoner for the Lord, to live a life worthy of the calling you have received." —Ephesians 4:1

Are you on a job that's not just a waste of time but even immoral? You may not be a pimp or a Mafia member, but does what you produce, package, or sell distract or turn people from Christ? Life is too short to waste it working for perishable food (see Jn 6:27). Eternity is too long to live for self rather than for Christ. Jesus did not die on the cross for you to spend your time doing something other than His will. He has a precious plan for your life and work. Don't accept anything less than God's best. Look at what the Lord did with Matthew's life. He called him to compose a Gospel of the New Testament.

All this does not apply to people who merely don't like their jobs, but only to those whose work is immoral, in that it doesn't serve God's interests. Most people are called to stay on their jobs, even if they don't like them. Yet there are plenty of people, like Matthew, who need to walk away from their jobs.

Ask yourself: is Jesus entering my place of employment, looking me right in the eyes, and saying to me what He said to Matthew: "Follow Me"? (Mt 9:9) If so, may you do the same thing Matthew did: get up and follow Jesus.

Prayer:  Jesus, I accept You as Lord of my life and my job.

Promise:  "People who are in good health do not need a doctor; sick people do." —Mt 9:12

Praise:  St. Matthew gave up his acquired earthly treasure to hold in his heart the Treasure of treasures. He expressed his faith in Jesus by humbling himself to live in daily community with eleven other men whom he knew had despised him.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our leaflet Job Performance for Jesus or on audio AV 43-3 or video V-43.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 11, 2009

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