St Paul speaks of living a life worthy of the call which we are called: with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. This is very relevant today as we celebrate the Feast of St Matthew. Matthew was a tax collector who got up and followed Jesus when Jesus said to him Follow me. What Matthew did shows total trust in Jesus even if this made many Pharisees unhappy. The Pharisees thought righteousness is measured in one’s obedience to the Law. Yet, Jesus shows righteousness is in following him. Because Matthew got up and followed Jesus, Matthew was deemed righteous, that Jesus saw it worthy to dine with Matthew and his group of tax collectors and sinners.
This is the Gospel of Christ that goes out through all the earth: there is always hope of salvation whoever we are, whatever we have done because righteousness is not something we work for but it is something God pronounces about us. We are made righteous by faith. Faith here is not just an intellectual knowledge or assent of some articles to be believed. Faith is achieved by following Christ. This faith has to transform our being from who we were to who God wants us to be.
Matthew had faith because when Jesus called, he left everything and took on the vision of Christ for him.
There is hope always for those who think there is no salvation for them. Jesus said I have come to call not the righteous but sinners. If you think you are a great sinner, Jesus calls you to come to him. Let him enter your life and let him take charge of your life. Turn to Jesus and let this trust in him transform your life, so you can be the person he wants you to be.
Lord, I am here. I admit my sins to you. I confess them Lord. Take me into your heart and enter my life. Change me, transform me. Let me see you as you are so I can follow you.