Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Feast of St. Matthew

The Call of St Matthew by Caravaggio 
I love to study this great piece of art painted around 1600. The first thing I notice is that Christ is very specifically pointing to Matthew and Matthew is confirming that he understands by pointing to himself. The call was so clear that when Christ said to Matthew "'Follow me.' And he got up and followed him." -Matt 9:10

St. Matthew gives us a wonderful witness of listening AND responding to Christ. And he did it with JOY. The very next verse tells us that Jesus went to a feast at Matthew's house with many other tax collectors and sinners.

Today let us hear and answer God's call in our life. Maybe it is the simple request of a child, maybe it is call to visit the sick, maybe it is a call to prayer time and maybe God is calling us to something bigger.

As with Matthew, Christ will call us in the midst of our ordinary every day occupation.

So let's listen up today, and respond.