The Call of Matthew

If you were to write a gospel,

what would you include?

What might you leave out?


Would you slide in a cameo

of the time that Jesus,

passing through your toll booth,

caught your eye, mouthed,

“Follow me”?


Would you elide the moment

of mad fear, somersaults

of stomach and soul,

taste of metal as you bit

your tongue stumbling

to shuck off your tabard,

un-tag your name,

agonize for less than a second

too long whether to lock up,

where to leave the keys,

afraid that he will turn

his face away?


Will you tell

of the love that he levied

as he set you free?


Featured image: Saint Matthew, by Joachim Wtewael (public domain via wikimediacommons). First published at

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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