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. - From today's Gospel, Matthew 9:9-13
Matthew was a tax collector, a profession, that was viewed as a necessary evil, not much different from today. Jesus lets the Pharisees know that he is not there for the righteous, but for sinners. I even wonder if the Pharisees knew that it was a subtle dig at them.
What struck me, is Matthew's immediate response to Jesus' call. He just gets up and follows him! Just like that! He doesn't ask Jesus where they're going, if they're going to stop for something to eat, how's His day been, who He hangs out with ...
When I heard the "call," I had a lot of questions. Who are You and why are You always trying to get into my life, were just two of many questions I wrestled with when I contemplated becoming a Catholic.
In Matthew's case, Jesus knew his heart and that Matthew was ready to leave the tax world behind.
Jesus knew my heart, too, but he also knew I had a stubborn mind.
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