Archbishop George Stack on how God see us through the eye of mercy

01/12/2015 3:44 pm

Archbishop George Stack, the Archbishop of Cardiff, looks to the Gospel of Matthew for today's Advent Reflection on mercy and forgiveness:

"Matthew, perhaps above anyone else in the Gospel, needed to be seen by Jesus and called to him. By all accounts he was a traitor to his own people by becoming an agent of the Roman oppressors - keeping the Jewish people in subjugation. Worse than that he had become a tax collector - doubly oppressing his own people.

"Suddenly in the midst of that situation, Jesus sees Matthew with the eye of mercy and forgiveness and calls him 'Come follow me'.

"We need to take that phrase very, very seriously. We need to realise that God sees us through the eye of mercy and he calls us to see ourselves in the same way."

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