The Calling of Matthew

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The crowd, who had just witnessed the amazing healing of a paralyzed man, were busy talking among themselves, “We have never seen anything like this!”

Some men had brought their friend, carrying him on a mat, to be healed, but because of the crowd, they could not get him to Jesus. So they cut a hole in the roof and lowered him down into the house. Jesus healed him and he walked out of the house on his own two legs.

The whole event had caused quite a stir, especially among the religious leaders.

Afterwards, as Jesus was walking through town, he came across the tax collectors booths. Strategically placed, these booths allowed the tax collectors to keep a close eye on what people were carting in and out of the village.

He stopped in front of a particular booth and spoke to the man sitting inside.

“Follow me!”

Immediately, the man got up and followed Jesus. His name was Matthew.

Some time later, Matthew hosted a great banquet at his house in honor of Jesus and his disciples. Many of Matthew’s friends were also there.

The Pharisees and the scribes did not like what they were seeing. They asked Jesus’ disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

Jesus heard what they were saying and replied, “I require mercy, not sacrifice! It’s not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous. No, I have come to call sinners to repentance.”


Take a moment to reflect on the story you have just read.
(sometimes it is helpful to read it again, slowly)

*Was there something in this story that you discovered—or thought about—for the first time?
*As you think about the story, what questions do you have? What do you wonder about?
*How might this story change your perspective / beliefs / behaviors?

I would love to hear what you are discovering as you think through these questions.
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