1st Reading: Ezekiel 2:8-3:11
Epistle: Ephesians 4:7-16
Gospel: Matthew 9:9-13
Hymn of the Day: 730 What is the world to me
St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
Matthew was sitting by the customs house in Capernaum when Jesus called him (Matthew 9:9; Mark 2:14). Matthew (meaning ‘Gift of God’) is the Christian name of Levi (whom Mark calls ‘Levi the son of Alphaeus’), who had been employed as a tax collector in the service of Herod Antipas, tetrarch of Galilee. Because Levi’s occupation was one that earned distrust and contempt everywhere, the scribes criticized Jesus on seeing him eat with tax collectors and sinners; whereupon Jesus answered, ‘I came not to call the righteous, but sinners’ (Mark 2:15-17).
Matthew became a disciple and follower of Jesus. He was also one of the witnesses of the Resurrection and the Ascension.
Apart from some other passing references to Matthew, there are no further precise details concerning his life, except that he seems to have been closely associated with the Apostle Thomas in the ministry of preaching the Gospel (Matthew 9:3; Mark 3:13-19; Luke 6:13-16). The Apostles generally preached the Gospel in pairs.
Tradition says Matthew is the author of the Gospel of Matthew. Church tradition also says Matthew died as a martyr.
http://en.wikipedia.org ‘Saint Matthew’
http://www.britannica.com ‘Saint Matthew’
http://www.encyclopedia.com ‘St. Matthew’