This year we are reading the Gospel of St. Matthew, and he himself knew very well the meaning of the words, it is mercy I desire.
Mercy – or love- is not some sentimental emotion. Mercy is a gift that transforms a person's life, and Matthew receives a lot. He must have meditated on the verse from the Prophet Hosea, which we heard in the fist reading: It is love that I desire, not sacrifice, and knowledge of God rather than holocausts. The lesson it’s very easy to understand: We cannot say that we love God unless we desire to know him.
St. Matthew is an example for us. He recognized that Jesus called him not because of his outstanding resume. On the contrary, he was the last person you would expect Jesus to call. Jesus did not approach him like a professional person, but like a physician noticing a particularly desperate case. If your soul is overwhelmed by some humiliating condition that just won't go away, if you feel yourself exhausted and weary, St Matthew tells us what to do: Turn your disadvantage into an advantage: Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
To need Jesus –and to know that we need him- is a tremendous grace.
St. Augustine wrote a beautiful prayer that could be useful for our spirituality and our personal conversation with our Lord:
«Lord Jesus, our Savior, let us now come to you: Our hearts are cold; Lord, warm them with your selfless love. Our hearts are sinful; cleanse them with your precious blood. Our hearts are weak; strengthen them with your joyous Spirit. Our hearts are empty; fill them with your divine presence. Lord Jesus, our hearts are yours; possess them always and only for yourself  ■
 Sunday 8th June, 2008, 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Readings: Hosea 6:3-6. To the upright I will show the saving power of God— Ps 49(50):1, 8, 12-15. Romans 4:18-25. Matthew 9:9-13.
 Saint Augustine (November 13, 354 – August 28, 430), Bishop of Hippo, in Algeria, was a philosopher and theologian. Augustine, a Latin Father and Doctor of the Church, is one of the most important figures in the development of Western Christianity. Augustine was radically influenced by Platonic doctrines. He framed the concepts of original sin and just war. When the Roman Empire in the West was starting to disintegrate, Augustine developed the concept of the Church as a spiritual City of God, distinct from the material City of Man. His thought profoundly influenced the medieval worldview.Augustine was born in the city of Tagaste, the present day Souk Ahras, Algeria, to a Christian mother, Saint Monica. He was educated in North Africa and resisted his mother's pleas to become Christian. Living as a pagan intellectual, he took a concubine and became a Manichean. Later he converted to Christianity, became a bishop, and opposed heresies, such as the belief that people can have the ability to choose to be good to such a degree as to merit salvation without divine aid (Pelagianism). His works—including The Confessions, which is often called the first Western autobiography—are still read around the world. In addition he believed in Papal supremacy.