Calling of St. Matthew
St. Matthew recognized by all Christians to be one of
the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ and the author of
St. Matthew's Gospel of the New Testament.
As seen in the Gospel of Matthew 9:9, Jesus calls Matthew
to follow Him, "As Jesus went on from there,
he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector's
booth. "Follow me," he told him, and Matthew
got up and followed him.
The calling of St. Matthew by Jesus was not understood
by the first followers of Jesus. St. Matthew was a despised
tax collector for Herod and considered a sinner, oppressing
the people he collected the money from.
Jesus explains in (Matthew 9:10-13) 10While Jesus
was having dinner at Matthew's house, many tax collectors
and "sinners" came and ate with him and his
disciples. 11When the Pharisees saw this, they asked
his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with
tax collectors and 'sinners'?"
12On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy
who need a doctor, but the sick. 13But go and learn
what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice for
I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
Patron Saint Matthew
St. Matthew is the patron saint of Christians who deal
with money as an occupation:
* Tax collectors
Many Christians who have St. Matthew as a patron saint
wear a St. Matthew medal or a St. Matthew pendant. They
recite a prayer to St. Matthew, asking for his intercession
in helping them to be honest and true to Jesus Christ
in their careers. Wearing a St. Matthew necklace reminds
them to keep in mind the teachings of Jesus as they
deal with the monetary issues of other people.
Prayer to St. Matthew
Dear Levi, now known as Matthew, you were first a publican,
a taxcollector, and then a gatherer of souls for Christ
after immediately following his call. Later you wrote
wonderful accounts for your Jewish brethren of what
Jesus, descendant of David, said and did as Teacher
Make all accountants imitate your example in giving
careful and honest accounts.
Prayer to Saint Matthew the Apostle
Dear publican become a Saint, after once gathering
taxes and tolls how wonderful was your conversion by
grace when discarding your earthly possessions you followed
the Poor Man of Nazareth. The Mammon of Money is still
worshiped. Inspire bankers with kindness and with the
desire to help where they can; for what is done to the
least, to the poor, is done to Jesus, the Son of Man.
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|St. Matthew Necklace
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store engrave the recipient's name on the back
of the pendant along with a short message or date
Large Gold St. Matthew Medallions
available in 14k gold, gold filled and sterling
silver. All sterling silver items come with a
18 inch or 24 inch chain.
|St. Matthew Charm
is the perfect size
for a charm bracelet or a necklace for a child.
All gold filled and sterling silver pendants come
with a chain.
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