Deacon Anthony Cincotta
The Calling of Matthew
Saturday after Ash Wednesday
Isaiah 58:9b-14, Psalm 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, & Luke 5:27-32
'The Calling of Matthew' by Jacob van Oost, circa 1641.
Today, we hear the Gospel story of the conversion of Levi, the tax collector. With two simple words, "follow me," Jesus transforms a man who everyone dispised into a disciple and apostle of the Lord. Levi gave a banquet for Jesus at his home upon deciding to change his life. He invited many of his friends, who, too, were tax collectors. As they sat at the table, the Pharisees and scribes came to complain to Jesus, asking why he was dining with sinners. Our Lord answers with one of his most prominent teachings, "Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners."
I wonder if any Pharisees or scribes took Jesus' message to heart. Did one or two of them walk away from Jesus feeling ashamed of their poor judgment? Were any of them intrigued with our Lord and wanted to learn more about Him?
Friends, please revisit and reflect on this Gospel and identify a sentence or a few words that connect with you. Consider, what is Jesus trying to teach me this day, and how will I respond?
Question of the Day: Do the words "follow me" ring in your ears?
Prayer: "Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth." (Psalm 86)