Saturday 19 January 2019
Hebrews 4:12-16. Psalm 18(19):8-10, 15. Mark 2:13-17.
Your words, Lord, are spirit and life – Psalm 18(19):8-10, 15.
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 Mathew 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 zone 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.