Today is the feast of St Matthew. He was numbered among the twelve Apostles and among the FOUR Evangelists. As one of the TWELVE he walked alongside Jesus and observed his ways. As one of the FOUR, he recounted the Gospel story so that it is there for our reading and reflection today.
He was however numbered among another grouping. Sinners! Whether this was through real sin or association, as a Tax Collector, he was classed as less than desirable company.
Jesus ignored this and called him to his side.
Chances are, we’re not among the twelve or the four but find ourselves in that larger group – aware of our sinfulness – and called from that sinfulness. With Matthew, because of Matthew we respond to His call.