St. Matthew was an Apostle and Evangelist. He was called to be an apostle while serving as a tax collector in Capernaum. He was one of those dirty tax collectors who Jesus ate with. While men who collected Jewish taxes for the Romans were scorned by their communities, they were a wealthy and well-educated group. Matthew would have known both Greek and Hebrew. He left his profession and followed Christ.
|Saint Matthew and the Angel by Michelangelo|
The four Evangelists are often depicted with one of the four creatures of Revelation 4. St. Matthew is depicted with a winged man (sometimes considered an angel), symbolizing humanity and reason. Matthew’s Gospel focuses on Christ the man (where Mark focuses on Christ the king, Luke focuses on Christ the priest, and John focuses on Christ the divine).
St. Matthew is particularly on my mind because I have two big accounting tests today. As the patron of accountants, bookkeepers, and bankers, his prayers would be most appreciated.