From a Creighton Student's Perspective
September 21, 2011
Sophomore, Biology Major, Pre-Dental
There was once this little boy who was ill. He went from doctor to doctor but none would see him because he was ‘too sick,’ and they didn’t want to be seen around him because it would harm their reputation. But finally he found a doctor who would accept him while everyone else was shunning him. The doctor gave the boy love and mercy, and with time he finally healed. This may be a cheesy example, but it is a prime example of Jesus reaching out to Matthew. Because Matthew was a tax collector he was seen as a sinner and an outcast who should be avoided; but Jesus wasn’t like that. Jesus reached out to the sinner and asked him to be one of the Apostles. You see, Jesus isn’t looking for perfect followers, he doesn’t pay attention to what others think are important qualifications of a disciple. A doctor doesn’t turn away the sick in search for the healthy and Jesus doesn’t turn away the sinners in search for a saint. He calls us sinners to follow him because he can heal us. We are imperfect. We are sinners. We are in need of Jesus’ mercy. But the thing is, Jesus knows that and doesn’t care. He will give us his love and forgiveness. He will call us in his name. And the most important thing that we should take out of the Gospel today is that when Jesus called Matthew to follow him, Matthew did. He didn’t dilly-dally, he didn’t pause to consider if he wanted to leave his profitable profession; he just stood up and followed Christ. When Jesus calls you to follow him, even though we are sinners, even though we have a lot of baggage we would have to leave behind, would you drop everything and follow him?
What is God’s vocation for you?
God has a plan for us. He has a calling, a vocation intended for each of us. Some of us are called to be men and women for the church as priests, deacons and nuns, some of us are called to be doctors and firemen, and some of us are called to be stay-at-home moms who raise their children in Christ’s love. The world would not be the same if some of these vocations were not filled. Can you imagine the chaos that would occur if we had no teachers? If we had no garbage men? If we had no military personnel? In the first reading we are told that each person is given gifts that are specific to the vocation to which we were called. I believe my vocation is to be a mother, a wife and hopefully a dentist. Jesus gave me gifts that will help me with this calling. Yet to others he gives other gifts. However, all of our vocations are linked together by belonging to one Body of Christ and to one faith and one baptism. Ephesians 4:12 says that all of our unique vocations, “knit God’s holy people together for the work of service to build up the Body of Christ”. We are called to work together because each of our vocations are like pieces of a puzzle and without a piece, we are not complete.
Today we are not only called to pray to see what vocation Christ calls us to but to also question ourselves as to whether we have treated our brothers and sisters in Christ with the love and support that Ephesians calls for. In tough times we often thank our doctors, our police men and women and other public servants. But when was the last time we were truly thankful for our garbage man, our plumber, or our tax collector like Matthew? Today we are called to ask, "what is God calling me to do with my life? Am I supporting my brothers and sisters in Christ in their vocations? And if Jesus called for me to follow him, could I drop everything and go?"
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