As Jesus passed by,
he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post.
He said to him, “Follow me.”
And he got up and followed him.
While he was at table in his house,
many tax collectors and sinners came
and sat with Jesus and his disciples.
The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples,
“Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
He heard this and said,
“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.
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”Matthew 9:9-13
Christ, the broken bread of heaven, dines with sinners at his side: Flawed, impure of heart and leaven, yet their hope is not denied. From his table, none are driven; in his mercy they abide. Who are we that hear him calling? Sinners, as the ones before. Weak and helpless, barely crawling, still we see him at the door. Reaching for him, we are falling: He will raise us from the floor. Not the strength of all the mighty, not the whole world's gathered wealth, naught restores the restores the souls we've blighted, nurses wounded hearts to health, 'til he calls: We are invited where the shepherd gives himself. Not the sacrifices offered, not the blood of countless sheep, but the gift of Christ the shepherd will our lives in mercy keep. Underneath his cloak we're sheltered, where we rest secure and sleep.
Can be sung to ST. THOMAS/TANTUM ERGO.