Deacon Jim Olson’s Reflection- 9-21-20

643 9-21-20 25th WOT St Matthew Apostle Matthew 9:9-13

The Matthew whom Jesus calls here is the apostle of the same name and the human author of the first Gospel. In Mark 2:14 and Luke 5:27 he is called Levi the son of Alphaeus or simply Levi.

In addition to Baptism, through which God calls all Christians, the Lord can also extend, to whomever he chooses, a further calling to engage in some specific mission in the Church. This second calling is a special grace, additional to the earlier through Baptism. In other words, it is not man who takes the initiative; it is Jesus who calls, and man who responds to this call by his free personal decision: “You did not choose me, but I chose you” (John 15:16)

Matthew’s promptitude in “following” Jesus’ call is to be noted. When God speaks, a soul may be tempted to reply, “Tomorrow; I’m not ready yet.”    In the last analysis this excuse, and other excuses, are nothing but a sign of selfishness and fear. “Tomorrow” runs the risk of being too late.

As in the case of the other apostles, St Matthew is called in the midst of the ordinary circumstances of his life: “What amazes you seems natural to me: that God has sought you out in the practice of your profession! That is how he sought the first, Peter and Andrew, James, and John, beside their nets, and Matthew sitting in the customs-house. And wonder of wonders! Paul, in his eagerness to destroy the seed of the Christians” (NBC 95)        

Lord Jesus, you guide us by the light of your saving truth. Fill our hearts and minds with your light and truth and free us from the blindness of sin and deception that we may see your ways clearly and understand your will for our life’s. May we radiate your light and truth in word and deed to those around us.

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