In today’s first reading from Genesis 23 and 24, we see the story of Isaac finding his wife Rebekah. In the Gospel reading from Matthew 9, we read the story of the call of Matthew.
“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.”
I find the stories of Jesus calling the Apostles so fascinating in this: there is no mention of any hesitation on their part. Did Matthew have any business dealings that he needed to tidy up? Did he need to find a replacement for himself? Did he need to notify his boss? Apparently none of that mattered. He dropped everything and followed Jesus. I wonder if I would do the same if Jesus said that to me. Oh, wait…He does.
Father, may we follow Jesus without hesitation, just as the Apostles did. Amen.