At mass this morning, our priest gave a homily that brought tears to my eyes. He helped me to see today’s gospel in a way that I had never seen it before – from Matthew’s perspective.
He began by talking about grade school, and how for playground games, team captains are chosen (or choose themselves)! They then proceed to choose all of their friends and real athletes for their teams. Everyone knows their roles and places, and some poor kid is always last. Fr. and I were one of those “last” kids chosen without fail.
Then he talks about Matthew, and how he was considered lower than low because he was a tax collector. No one liked him. Then Jesus came through town ( The King – the team captain) and He selected Matthew first! Imagine Matthew (and everyone’s) surprise!
Jesus chose Matthew, and He chose me! All those years I wanted to be chosen second, or third or even fourth. Last was just humiliation! It doesn’t matter though, because the ultimate team captain has picked me – and you! That’s awesome! Now to go “fishing for men!” That sounded bad! You know what I mean!
Have a good night!