Sunday, the 25th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day is one of the Newman Center's namesakes -
Blessed John Henry Newman
Readings for today’s Mass
For the longest time I always thought that Matt was the man with the pointing finger. Maybe he was pointing at himself with surprise! Who, me? That’s definitely one way to read it. But a theology professor once pointed out a different way to look at it. What if he is pointing at that seemingly, totally disinterested guy on his left. Yeah, the one just looking glumly at the table top! Who, him? That might be the case too. Either way, breaking in (like the light in the painting) is Jesus. He’s calling. He believes Matt has something to offer, even if he doesn’t believe in himself, even if others don’t either.
It’s interesting to consider this moment in the light of the other two Gospels. We believe that Matt, like Peter, was not his original name. It's common in other cultures to receive new names at significant times in life. I know a man in the Hmong community who has three names. We do the same at Confirmation. The Gospels of Mark and Luke talk about Jesus calling a man by the name of Levi who sounds a lot like the man we have come to know as Matt. I doubt an accident. Maybe Jesus gave Matt a new name too. Maybe the community did. Or maybe Matt renamed himself, like Paul would do years later when he converted. I wonder if that might be it. ‘Cause you know what Matt means, right? It has a double meaning: gift from God AND gift for God. Boy, that really does describe it; that moment in the painting of the call. People would come to understand that there was a lot more to Matt than met the eye. He would come to see that about himself too. But Jesus already knew.
My prayer for you and me today, is that God will help us understand what is already clear to God: we have a lot to offer. All people are a gift. I am so glad to be here at the Newman Center. Certainly it is a gift to me. In our parish I hear again and again the call that I hope rings in your heart too. The call of Jesus: come . . . follow me.