St. Matthew

September 21

English: St. Matthew writing the Gospel with a...

English: St. Matthew writing the Gospel with an angel holding the volume., an Islamic miniature c.1530 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today is the feast day for St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist.  Though the Gospel does not name its author, it has been associated with Matthew the tax collector whom Jesus called from his toll booth (Matthew 9:9).

Nothing is known of his life, though several traditions of his martyrdom exist: in Ethiopia, at Tarrium in Persia and at Tarsuana, east of the Persian Gulf.  Though otherwise unknown, his witness to Jesus abides, shaping and sustaining the faith and life of the Christian community.

His feast day is celebrated in the west on September 21 and in the East on November 16.  In the traditional iconography of the four evangelists (Eagle, Ox, Man, Lion), Luke is represented by the man, often with an angel guiding his hand as he writes.

Almighty God, who through the hand of the evangelists bore witness to Jesus, your word incarnate, grant us ears to hear and hearts to receive their testimony, that in the hearing of your word we might be drawn into lives of true faithfulness and love.


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