Today’s Gospel presents the call of Levi to follow Jesus. Levi is a tax collector, a person who cheated the people from whom he collected taxes. Levi, an apostle? What is Jesus thinking? As you hear the call to follow Jesus as a woman religious (men as priests or a members of a religious community), you might say: “Me. No way. I’m too wild! I like partying, nice clothes. I want to make a lot of money. A Nun (a cloistered religious)/a sister (non-cloistered)? You’ve got to be kidding, Lord.” Others may respond to the thought of you becoming a nun/woman religious (sister): “You? Are you kidding? You are not the type!” “You won’t last one week! Shock sets in!
Perhaps when we protest the loudest, we might be on to something! Jesus, after all, called tax collectors, persons who later would deny Him and flee the cross, argue about who would be the greatest in His Kingdom, that is, vie for positions of power and control; try to dismiss children from approaching him, want to use violence against those who did not receive Him. Jesus calls sinners!