September 21, 2017
As Jesus passed by,
he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post.
He said to him, “Follow me.”
And he got up and followed him. (Mt 9:9)
And he gave some as Apostles, others as prophets,
others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,
to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry,
for building up the Body of Christ,
until we all attain to the unity of faith
and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,
to the extent of the full stature of Christ. (Eph 4:11-13)
Brothers and sisters:
I, a prisoner for the Lord,
urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received… (Eph 4:1)
My brothers and sisters,
The Lord puts this on my heart:
You want to know this call, the way Matthew was called; you want to know what it is to be called—what it means to be certain of having been called, to be certain of being wanted, so that you can be certain of the trust, and the risk, to open yourself to being touched by the Cross and being drilled into, deep inside, by the mystery that is purification and imitation and transfiguration. You want to hear me say your name, the way I said Matthew’s; you wonder about the sound of my voice. You want to know your gifts, the gifts I have given you, the gifts I imagined for you, to give you a place—unique, historical, eternal, all at once—in my Body, that is the Church, the Church to which I am espoused, the Church made ever-new by your faith, in this time, which is its own time.
Listen, then, as I say it: I call you. Now, at this moment, I breathe anew the gift of my Holy Spirit, who awakens in you the desire to follow, and I call you.
Follow. Only when you come to walk in these footsteps, and pray into the Incarnation, as I incarnate myself in your own life by the power of the Holy Spirit, will you come to know me—and trust me—and trust my voice, and trust the promise: I know the plans I have for you, plans intricate and delicate, to give you a future and a hope, and you will find that there is nothing safer than opening yourself, everything you are and have, your mind and your soul, your memory and your imagination, your hands with their fingers, your entire body, to be created by me, to be worked upon by me, to be realized in me.
St. Matthew, pray for us! All you holy men and women, all you angels of the Lord: pray for us!