As Jesus saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth, “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.” —Matthew 9: 9-13

The Calling of St Matthew…Painting by Caravaggio, 1600Christ Calling Mathew

Before becoming Pope Francis, as a cardinal he always prayed at Caravaggio’s
altar of “Christ calling Matthew” when he arrived in Rome from Argentina.

In all three synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke) there is the story of Christ calling Matthew, followed by his attending a banquet, with a crowd of tax collectors and other. Regarding that event the Pharisees complained:”Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners’?” Christ replied: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (from Wikipedia)


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nancy Newman
    Oct 29, 2017 @ 12:58:47

    Thank you for sending this beautiful and enlightening poem to me. The Caravaggio painting gave it even more depth and added to its meaning.


    • Carolyn Grassi
      Oct 29, 2017 @ 17:16:42

      thanks Nancy for taking time to read the poem, And may your Reike continue helping those in Hospice of the Valley. xo, Carolyn


    • Carolyn Grassi
      Oct 30, 2017 @ 08:58:02

      …makes me laugh, your email letter in the Blog! I’ll send an email re: the class reunion, etc.


  2. Mary OConnor
    Oct 29, 2017 @ 13:39:17

    Carolyn, this is for me your best ever,….(when in Rome in 1992, Jim couldn’t get enough of this painting….we went back repeatedly during our 10 days there.)
    Your words reflect the beauty, depth , vastness of the painting….How do you do it? …such a special gift you have…and are…


    • Carolyn Grassi
      Oct 30, 2017 @ 21:09:03

      Many thanks, Mary, for your response. Years ago, when you, Jim and Sara resided in Palo Alto, while Joe, I and our sons were in San Jose….remember getting together and you always believed in and encouraged my poetry. You’ve made my carrying on possible. Glad your Jim’s favorite painting. on-going thanks! Carolyn


  3. maryjeanneoliva
    Oct 29, 2017 @ 18:34:20

    I enjoyed learning the fascinating “backstory” about Caravaggio and the inclusion of his painting on your blog along with your fine poem!


    • Carolyn Grassi
      Oct 29, 2017 @ 20:00:50

      Thanks, dear Mary Jeanne, well…the poem evolved, took on a life of its own; you know what I mean. love and hugs, Carolyn


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