Today’s Gospel gives us the call of St Matthew: ‘As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. And as he sat at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”’

This passage recalls the motto of Pope Francis, ‘Miserando atque eligendo’, taken from a passage of the Venerable Bede read for the feast of St Matthew: ‘Jesus therefore sees the tax collector, and since he sees by having mercy and by choosing, he says to him, “follow Me”’.

Our Lord’s actions in calling Matthew are an act of mercy, which indeed He extends to each one of us in calling us. May we entrust our lives to this great mercy, believing in Him, and may He bless us with His grace.