Thursday, September 21, 2006St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
Today is the feast of St. Matthew, the writer of the first Gospel.
One day Jesus was walking and saw a tax collector named Matthew sitting at a tax collection post, and said to him, "Follow me." And Matthew stood up and followed Him, and became one of His twelve apostles. M 9:9-13
How simple that was for Matthew! I really wish that I had that sort of courage and love for our Lord day-to-day. We have so many wonderful saints to pray to for this.
He is the patron of accountants, bankers, stock brokers, and other such lines of work. I love the name Matthew! It's origin is Hebrew and it means Gift of God. There are many forms of Matthew which we could use for our children, such as: Mateo, Mattias, Matyas... the list goes on.
O Glorious Saint Matthew, in your Gospel you portray Jesus as the longed-for Messiah who fulfilled the Prophets of the Old Covenant and as the new Lawgiver who founded a Church of the New Covenant. Obtain for us the grace to see Jesus living in his Church and to follow his teachings in our lives on earth so that we may live forever with him in heaven. Amen.