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No Request Too Great

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and evangelist

“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.” (Matthew 9: 9-13)

Jesus’ words to the Pharisees are in response to their assessment that He should not be spending time with the likes of tax collectors and sinners.

When my job gets stressful and in my righteous indignation I feel as though there is just not enough of me or my precious time to go around … that patient or family member is just too needy …   my fellow employee just can’t seem to see things from my perspective …   I need to remember Jesus’ words. Would I want any less mercy from Jesus when it is me who is in need? Hardly!

   Jesus knows what all sinners need most. The sacrifice of my time, my patience or my compassion means nothing without His mercy.


Precious Lord,

remind me to see a child of God

each time I encounter one whose needs require more of me than I think I have.

You gave everything for me.

No request is too great.

With thanks and praise, Lord Jesus.


Jaye Wilson
Nursing Department, Avera St. Luke's Hospital

EPHESIANS 4:1-7, 11-13 ● PSALM 19:2-3, 4-5 ● MATTHEW 9:9-13

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