ST MATTHEW, PATRON SAINT OF BOOKKEEPERS, REVENUE COMMISSIONERS AND ACCOUNTANTS
At the time that Jesus summoned him to follow Him, Matthew was a tax-gatherer for the Romans. His profession was hateful to the Jews because it reminded them of their subjection; he was regarded a typical sinner. Jesus let none of this stand in His way; in the gospel it emerges clearly with what kindness He carried out His mission as Saviour of mankind. St Matthew is known to us as one of the four Evangelists. He was the first one to put down in writing our Lord’s teaching and the account of His life. His Gospel was written in Aramaic, the language of Jesus Himself. St Matthew is numbered as one of the twelve apostles.
Through the intercession of St Matthew, Evangelist, may we always put aside worldly distractions and follow You, O Lord, as quietly as St Matthew left his work and immediately became one of Your disciples. By his example and prayers help us to follow You without counting the cost and remain faithful in Your service.
Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.