R.  Throughout all the earth, their voices carry. He himself was a hated tax collector, seen as a collaborator with the tactics of the Roman Empire and thus a sinner to be shunned. Brothers and sisters: 10 And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. Later traditions tell that Matthew then shared his witness with the Jewish communities of Judea, and then later to other regions. Jesus saw Matthew, the tax collector, sitting at his post and said to him: “Follow me.”, And you, child, called “prophet of the Most High,”, For the loving compassion of the Holy One, To illumine the darkness and dispel death’s shadow. built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets. That in the vineyard they might work For his eternal wage. According to the Gospel of Matthew, Matthew was sitting at a tax booth when Jesus walked by. that you love each other just as I have been loving you. Also known as Levi, St. Matthew was a Galilean who worked as a tax collector for the Romans. until we all attain to the unity of faith The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB’s) mission is to encounter the mercy of Christ and to accompany His people with joy. as you were also called to the one hope of your call; His act of witness, then, marked him as an evangelist. September 21 is the day for remembering St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist, in the Western church tradition. to the extent of the full stature of Christ. We are called to be filled with the Holy Spirit so that we may be witnesses to others of the ways that Christ has reached out to us and pulled us into new life and helping them to see God’s gracious and embracing love anew. to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner. rejoices like a champion to run its course. bearing with one another through love, Suitable for the Feast of St Matthew. For Jesus passed you by one day, He looked and called your name, And in his gaze you knew his love And, leaving all, you came. through the bond of peace: Today is the feast day of St. Matthew- apostle and the first gospel writer. Gracious God of Wisdom and Compassion, you called Matthew to bring the Gospel to the world and to witness to your truth and love with his life. Jesus said to Matthew, “Follow me,” and Matthew followed. St. Matthew is symbolized by a "money box or purse." Saint Matthew Lutheran Church is a community of disciples reaching out through Christ in loving worship, witness, and service. Matthew then shared the transformative power of Christ, witnessing to the ways that his own life was changed by following Jesus. I, a prisoner for the Lord, You called Matthew to leave his job to follow you, and sent him to proclaim the Good News of your love to the world, ~call us to bring this same message of hope to all humankind. ©2020 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Throughout all the Earth their voices carry; ~Their message resounds with hope for all! You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones. In fact, the mission statement of St. Matthew Lutheran Church includes witness as one of the three ways that we are called to reach out to others, along with worship and service. As a congregation bearing the name of St. Matthew, how might that inform our call to live out our faith? and the firmament shows forth the work of God’s hands. All the Apostles were sinners of course, but St. Matthew was a sinner as the world sees these things. He sat to watch o’er customs paid, A man of scorned and hardening trade, Alike the symbol and the tool Of foreign masters’ hated rule. Lead us to wisdom through his teaching and example that we may share your compassion with the whole world. That even now our world may know The fullness of your grace. There God has placed a dwelling for the sun; it comes forth like a bridegroom coming from his tent. As a tax collector, he would have been literate and able to speak Aramaic and Greek, allowing him to travel and preach widely. 10And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. HYMN FOR ST. Matthew THE evangelist A tax collector, scorned by all, A serf of sov’reign Rome, Christ called you, Matthew, from your gold To follow him alone.