Saint Matthew (1st century)
for September 21
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As we read about the lives of the saints and hear messages on God's teachings, we often incorrectly assume that a person's holiness directly corresponds with how much God loves and pursues that person. Matthew reminds us that Jesus came to show us that God deeply loves and accepts even those we consider the worst sinners. Imagine the many sins of which you are guilty. Now imagine God brushing them aside and telling you that, regardless of your wrongdoing, he loves you and wants to be in your life forever.
Dear Jesus, help me to be fully aware of God's love and acceptance of me. Help me to love others and accept them as you do.