Friday, July 1, 2016

The Call of Matthew

BEADS OF JOY 07-01-16
“The Call of Matthew”
©2016 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

 My Friends,

Today’s Gospel: Matthew 9:9-13 (The Call of Matthew)
“As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office; and he said to him, "Follow me." And he rose and followed him. And as he sat at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" But when he heard it, he said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, `I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners."

Jesus saw something in Matthew, something beyond those coins. What does Jesus see in you? Matthew wasn’t religious, nor was he well educated by any means. Actually he was in a career that made him very wealthy; but unfortunately it was very corrupt, sometimes his success was even dependent upon threatening the lives of others who did not hand over their money. Nothing to be proud of by any means. Why then did Jesus call Matthew?

Jesus saw something in Matthew as did Matthew see something in Jesus. As scripture says, “he (Jesus) said to him (Matthew), "Follow me." And he rose and followed him.” Matthew didn’t hesitate or have to go home and consult with anyone or call his boss and say he was going to leave his job. He simply rose and followed after Jesus. He surrendered all and followed after Jesus.

Jesus sees something in you and in me. What is it? Is it an unconditional love we have for one another that draws us closer to each other? It’s probably a combination of many things. The greatest part of all this… is that each one of us is uniquely drawn to Him and He is uniquely drawn to us. 

God knows our hearts, He knows our desires, He knows of intentions, our hopes, our dreams. He knows far better than we ever will know what is best for us; and taking that one step further He knows exactly when to call us, reach out to us, comfort us, embrace us. Don’t second guess Jesus. His Plan is Thee Plan that we must follow.


Come PRAY THE ROSARY with us every single day.

Your brother in Christ Jesus 
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS