Matthew Is In

Calling of Matthew by Caravaggio

‘Scuse me gents

He comes again

No doubt a sermon finished

No doubt His crowd of doting poor

At mid-day should be working.


His stories

Wrestle conscience

The Man seems quite unshakable

The dignity unbreakable

While priest-craft hovers lurking.


He calls me

With His gaze full fixed

And I a warmness feeling

My money-sense a-reeling

This chance I’ll not be shirking.


Note: I remember seeing paintings by Caravaggio at the National Gallery in Ottawa. What a place! A film was presented on this sad painter’s life. Gaining his skill by observation of the under-belly of Rome. Coming to the attention of the Church. Producing monumental Biblical works for the holy architecture. Stretching the envelope of Catholic orthodoxy. Falling out of favour and running an exile with a price on his head. Returning to the dark places. Gambling. Wenching. Dueling. Killing. Ultimately dying on the run, while still desperately trying to recover favour. Mercy not to be found from the Church.


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Married and father of two. Living in Waterloo, Ontario. Workplace health and safety professional. Blogger. Poet. Nature hiker. History buff. Inspirational writer. Newsboy for Jesus.

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