Commentary on the Gospel of

Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF
It is not where we start from that matters in the Kingdom, but where we end up. Different people may have different starting points and they may travel at varying paces, but as long as they are up and moving in the right direction, they are worthy members in the Kingdom.

When Jesus met him, Matthew was resolutely “seated” at the custom house, well nestled in his role as tax collector. Given the work he did, he was an outcast in his own society—he was a sinner, an unclean crooked Jew who made money at the expense of his own people. Jesus did not look into his credentials or the lack of them. He saw deep into Matthew’s potential, what he could become, if given a chance. So, he simply issued an invitation, and to Matthew’s credit, he left his seat of sinfulness, got up, and followed Jesus. Matthew headed in the right direction.

Am I still seated in my familiar way of life, or am I willing to leave my seat and go where the Lord leads me to?

Credits: Claretian Bible Diary
Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF


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