Friday 7 July 2023
Bl. Peter To Rot | Day of penance
Genesis 23:1-4, 19; 24:1-8, 62-67. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good – Psalm 105(106):1-5. Matthew 9:9-13.
I did not come to call the virtuous, but sinners
The readings today of the marriage of Isaac and Rebekah, and the call of Matthew, speak of the mystery of God’s plans, not just for Rebekah and Matthew, but for all of us. It reflects a moment when God’s word reverberates in our soul. The call of Matthew reminds me of Caravaggio’s masterpiece in the church of San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome. The startled look and ragged hair and beard of Matthew is not the face of a film star, but it glows against the dark background. Does it reflect the light of his soul, or the light of the one who calls, the one he decides to follow? The scriptures remind us that God does not judge by appearances alone, but looks at the soul we possess. Samuel anoints David, the littlest of Jesse’s sons, and God’s plans continue what Abraham and Sarah, and Isaac and Rebekah began long before.