Saturday after Ash Wednesday
Luke 5: 27-32
Jesus takes our wretchedness into his own broken heart and his love for us transforms that wretchedness into a dignity we seek to find and everyone we meet.
How could someone like Levi,
now known as Matthew,
just jump up from his position
of tax collector and follow Jesus?
He had a job that gave him financial security
which many people did not have.
He never had to beg for food or a place to sleep.
Sure, he was hated by his own kind where he lived.
But Jesus saw something special in Matthew
that no one else knew about except Jesus.
Matthew’ heart was poor, dirt poor.
His heart was much poorer
than those who begged for food.
The poorer and smaller and more wretched
we are in the world of Jesus,
the more his loving mercy seeks us out.
It’s as if Matthew couldn’t help himself.
He had never been loved so much
before this moment with Jesus.
Everything we ever treasure
before that encounter with Jesus
means absolutely nothing without Jesus.
Jesus takes our wretchedness
into his own broken heart
and his love for us transforms that wretchedness
into a dignity we seek to find in everyone we meet.
St. Matthew, pray for us who sometimes
are too rich in ourselves to experience
the mercy of Jesus.