The choice must have raised eyebrows. There was clearly grumbling. People talked about it. There was grumbling. After all, he was a tax collector. He hung out with the wrong crowd. He was beyond hope, wasn’t he? This becomes clear when we read today’s gospel. Matthew was an unlikely choice to be an apostle. But Jesus called him. And Matthew followed.
Who is it we write off as beyond salvation? Who do we grumble against? In what way do we believe there are people who are too evil to be saved by Jesus? How is it we limit the power of Jesus? Because when we believe that there are people who cannot follow Jesus, who cannot be saved, then we believe that Jesus is not powerful enough to change hearts. And in doing that, we deny Jesus the chance to change our hearts.