speculate about previous contact between Jesus and Matthew, on the basis of which he was‘ready’ to follow. The point is the Jesus’ call is effective. People do not volunteer to bedisciples.” (NIB)3.
References to the Catechism of the Catholic Church
CCC 2100: Outward sacrifice, to be genuine, must be the expression of spiritual sacrifice:"The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit. . . . " The prophets of the Old Covenantoften denounced sacrifices that were not from the heart or not coupled with love of neighbor.Jesus recalls the words of the prophet Hosea: "I desire mercy, and not sacrifice." The onlyperfect sacrifice is the one that Christ offered on the cross as a total offering to the Father'slove and for our salvation. By uniting ourselves with his sacrifice we can make our lives asacrifice to God.
CCC 27: The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by Godand for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truthand happiness he never stops searching for the dignity of man rests above all on the fact thathe is called to communion with God. This invitation to converse with God is addressed toman as soon as he comes into being. For if man exists it is because God has created himthrough love, and through love continues to hold him in existence. He cannot live fullyaccording to truth unless he freely acknowledges that love and entrusts himself to his creator.
CCC 1431: Interior repentance is a radical reorientation of our whole life, a return, aconversion to God with all our heart, an end of sin, a turning away from evil, with repugnancetoward the evil actions we have committed. At the same time it entails the desire andresolution to change one's life, with hope in God's mercy and trust in the help of his grace.This conversion of heart is accompanied by a salutary pain and sadness which the Fatherscalled
(affliction of spirit) and
(repentance of heart).
Against all human hope, God promises descendants to Abraham, as the fruit offaith and of the power of the Holy Spirit. In Abraham's progeny all the nations of the earth willbe blessed. This progeny will be Christ himself, in whom the outpouring of the Holy Spirit will"gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad."
CCC 52: God, who "dwells in unapproachable light", wants to communicate his own divinelife to the men he freely created, in order to adopt them as his sons in his only-begotten Son.By revealing himself God wishes to make them capable of responding to him, and of knowinghim and of loving him far beyond their own natural capacity.4.
Patristic Commentary and Other Authorities
St. John Chrysostom: “Why is it then that nothing is said of the rest of the Apostles how orwhen they were called, but only of Peter, Andrew, James, John, and Matthew? Becausethese were in the most alien and lowly stations, for nothing can he more disreputable thanthe office of Publican, nothing more abject than that of fisherman.”
St. Bede the Venerable: “Jesus made a just man of a publican, a disciple of a tax collector.As he progressively increased in grace, Jesus promoted him from the ordinary group ofdisciples to the rank of apostle, and not only committed to him the ministry of preaching, butalso that of writing a gospel, so that he who had ceased to he an administrator of terrestrial