Follow Me: The Feast of St. Matthew
Today’s art by Caravaggio says it all. When we view it, we might remember moments in our own lives that have signified God’s call. What we know of Matthew is that he was working as a tax collector in Capernaum when Jesus approached him, summoning, “Follow me.” Two simple words make for a powerful call to which each of should ideally respond every day. We celebrate the author of the first of the four Gospels in the New Testament today with sublime art, music and poetry for a saint called with two unforgettable words that, from the mouth of the Son of God, are capable of inspiring a rich mosaic of art. After all, art is the response of the human being to a call that many name inspiration. The most enduring art is a response to longing, that is to say, to our soul’s inherent desire for God. “Follow me,” said Jesus to Saint Matthew, a future writer, a Gospel author, who responded to the call. This, in turn, inspired the art of Caravaggio, the music of Bach and the poetry of Lawrence, each following in their own way, along a path trod through paint, notes and verse.