Saturday 14 January 2017

Sat 14th. Hebrews 4:12-16. Your words, Lord, are spirit and life—Ps 18(19):8-10, 15. Mark 2:13-17.


Called from attachment.

In Caravaggio's famous painting, The Call of Matthew, the painter's masterful use of light and shadow lends great drama to the scene of Matthew sitting at the tax booth. He is depicted bent covetously over his silver pieces and wedged in by gaudily dressed acquaintances. The image is one of being entrapped by one's own comfort and attachments.
Jesus' call, shown as a dramatic pointing of the finger, brings light into the dark seediness of the room and, by way of allusion, our hearts. With the psalmist, we can say that Jesus' call is a call to spirit and life. It calls us beyond our comfort zones and helps us recognise our attachments and the way they diminish the life within us.

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