Matthew 9:9-13 recounts the pivotal moment when Jesus called Matthew, a tax collector, to be one of His disciples. Jesus approached Matthew's tax booth and simply said, "Follow me." In response, Matthew immediately left his post and followed Jesus. 

If you haven't seen this moment on the Angel Studios series "The Chosen," I highly recommend watching this 3 min clip. 

Put yourself in Matthew's shoes. You have protection from the Roman empire, you have wealth, and you live in a mansion while others live in poverty. Sure, you're hated by many of the people in your town because you're a lousy tax collector, but that's a small price to pay--or is it? 


Matthew's "follow me" moment is a powerful meditation for us in modern times. Each of us has a choice everyday to seek a deeper truth, to seek God's mercy, and to help others along their journey of discerning God's will for their lives. 

Here are a couple of questions to reflect on or to start a Sacred Conversation with someone in your life.

  • Would you follow Jesus if you were Matthew? Would you have the courage to seek Truth rather than financial rewards? 

Sacred Conversations that we Have or Don't Have with others are an outward expression of our choice to follow or to stay stuck in our worldly ways. 

  • What would you do if you were Matthew? 
  • Who would you want to talk this decision over with? 
  • What grace do you seek today? 

About the author 

Christopher Reed, Ph.D.

Author of "Sacred Conversations: How God Wants us to Communicate."

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