Like Matthew, our calls to follow Jesus are not due to our special worth or virtue, but simply to the generous will of the Lord.
Maybe this Gospel narrative is an invitation for us to ask ourselves how we respond to Jesus' forgiveness of our sins.
We would do well to ask ourselves if we are like children today--unable to decide whether we want to follow Jesus with our whole hearts, souls, minds, and strength.
There may be one or more times in our journeys when we have felt lifeless and helpless, but the merciful Lord came and raised us back to life again.
The Roman centurion is convinced that all that Jesus has to do is give an order, and the slave will be healed. He has faith in Jesus' authority.
The sorrows of Mary do not find their significance in the pain that they caused her, but rather in the faithfulness that they expressed.
The suffering of Jesus is the source of salvation. The cross is not just a symbol of death, but also of faithfulness and victory.
Jesus tells us that we must love our enemies; that we must act well toward those who do not act well toward us. How do I do that?
Those who are poor, who weep, and who are hungry, are seen by God as truly blessed. They have a special place in the Kingdom of God.
The twelve apostles were to be eyewitnesses of Jesus' ministry, and the link between Jesus and the future community of faith.