“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.
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS