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Matthew 9:9

As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office; and He said to him, "Follow Me." And he rose and followed Him.

The four Gospel writers were the original "four calling birds."  Like all such talkative critters, calling birds learn to call by being called.  Before they met Jesus, the Gospel writers had nothing in common: a tax collector and collaborator with the Romans, a young man at loose ends, a Gentile doctor hundreds of miles away from Judea, a fisherman eking out an existence on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.  But then, one by one, they were called, just as Matthew was — and they found their voices and answered.  In the call of Jesus there is more than one kind of revelation.  For Jesus does not merely reveal the Father to us.  He also reveals us to ourselves.  In saying "Yes" to Jesus the evangelists found that they could speak in their own voices to the world.  They also found that, for all their individuality, they could speak as one in a common love and a common mission.  That's why they went out into the world to call people into the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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