Gospel of Luke 5:27-32 Reflection:
Luke gives a very stark account of the call of Levi. It appears that Jesus was walking along the street and saw Levi and just said to him, “Follow me,” whereupon Levi left all and followed him.
I don’t know whether or not that is the way it happened, but it is obvious that Jesus had the most forceful personality of any person who ever lived; even after 2000 years we still respond to it. But let’s look at the story another way, which makes it more personal.
We are sitting at the side of the road, in our home or wherever and something comes up in our lives, a person needs help or we have to tell the truth.
At this moment Jesus is passing by; he is always with the person who needs help or is in the truth. And he calls to us in our conscience, “Follow me in this incident and do what is right.”
Do we leave everything and follow him or do we prevaricate and think of the tax (worldly affairs) that we have to collect.
Perhaps all that Matthew did was realize that this man calls for total commitment, not the half hearted way we go about it most of the time!