Grace is Given According to the Plan of Christ
Matthew himself thought that he was an unlikely choice to be an apostle. Yet, the words of the first reading remind us that “Grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” Jesus chooses not those who seem most qualified in the eyes of the world. Rather, who gives his grace to those he chooses. He chose Matthew for a special mission and he has given each of us the grace we need for the special mission entrusted to us. May we have to courage to leave behind anything that would keep us from following Jesus on this mission.