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Monday, September 21, 2015

"Come, Follow Me."

Call of St. Matthew by Caravaggio

Will you drop everything, leave whatever you're doing, and follow Him? Today is the feast of St. Matthew, the tax collector, despised by the religious leaders of his day. And yet, the Savior saw something the Pharisees and religious leaders did not. He called Matthew in the midst of his money counting. How many sinners are called in the midst of their sins? Will you be the hand of Jesus echoing His call to follow Him? Are you following Him yourself? How far behind are you? Run up closer so you can reach out and touch His cloak and be healed.

And pray for poor sinners. Have you ever considered going to an extra Mass on Sunday in atonement for those who stay home? Just think how the inestimable graces of one Mass can pour out on a parched heart. Imagine it swelling with love like a dry sponge swelling up with water. We can renew the face of the earth by our prayers and sacrifices. Let's do something today for all the Matthews in the world who are just waiting to be transformed by Christ. 

St. Matthew, pray for us!

1 comment:

newguy40 said...

I love Caravaggio. The look on St Matthew's face is a perfect "Who Me!!!???"

He was a master of light and dark. Human expression and drama. His "Road to Damascus" is a classic of the "what just happened here?".

Looking at his "St Jerome" now on my FSSP monthly calendar too!

Really and truly following Christ is hard. We humans are so easily distracted and lazy.