Reading I: Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13
Responsorial: Psalms 19:2-3, 4-5
Gospel: Matthew 9:9-13
I often wonder if the call of Matthew is really the way he was called. Some of those people who have claimed to see the life of Jesus in a mystical way, say that Matthew had heard Jesus preach, had sent money to him secretly and that he had pondered for a long time before deciding to follow Jesus. But there is something that does not quite sit right with me about that version. The personality of Jesus stretches across 2000 years and effects us all today. If we could strip away all the stories about Jesus and go right back to the man himself, he would be much more than even the gospels make him out to be. Jesus is Lord, he is God and man, such a person, divine and human, would instantly sweep away all fears of the future etc that a person may have. Yes, for me Matthew could well have been called exactly the way scripture relates to us.