St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
St. Paul left something off his list of vocations in the first reading. MOTHERS!! Our main job is to build up the Body of Christ by caring for and leading the domestic church. Here is my favorite translation of this passage in Ephesians, and one I recite every day: ...live the vocation you have received. Be humble, kind, patient and bear with one another in love. Eph 4:1-3
One more thing: Christ calls each of us to a vocation, just as he called St. Matthew in today's Gospel. On those days when this vocation seems overwhelming, remember what St. Paul says, "But grace was given to each of us, according to the measure of Christ's gift." His grace is sufficient for you and it will carry you through this crazy thing called motherhood if you just lean on it!
Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank you for the gift of my children and my vocation of motherhood! Help me to live my vocation with humility and love, and give me the grace to be the mother you want me to be. In your name I pray, Amen. St. Matthew, pray for me.