The Feast of St. Matthew, September 21
O ALMIGHTY God, who by thy blessed Son didst call Matthew from the receipt of custom to be an Apostle and Evangelist; Grant us grace to forsake all covetous desires, and inordinate love of riches, and to follow the same thy Son Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
(Below are excerpts from a sermon by the Most Rev. John T. Cahoon, Jr., late Metropolitan, Anglican Catholic Church, Bishop Ordinary, Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic States, and Rector, St. Andrew and St. Margaret of Scotland Anglican Catholic Church Alexandria, Virginia given on September 21, 1997.)
"September 21 is the feast of St. Matthew. The Prayer Book calls him "Apostle," because he was one of the twelve original followers whom Jesus later sent out, and it calls him "Evangelist," because he wrote the first of the four New Testament gospels. We can properly also call him a martyr, because tradition tells us that he was put to death for his witness to Christ -- though our sources differ as to exactly where and when he died.
One of the church's greatest treasures is in the lives and examples of the saints and in the way they can influence us. People who name their children after saints are making a conscious gesture in that direction. . .
The Prayer Book's collect for any particular saint's day tries to focus our attention on some aspect of his life, and it usually encourages us to pray for the grace to act as he acted. St. Matthew's collect -- which is an original composition by Archbishop Cranmer -- prays that we will have God's help, "to forsake all covetous desires and inordinate love of riches; and to follow" Christ.
St. Matthew brings the issues of coveting and riches to our minds, because he was a tax collector. None of us is a particular fan of our present-day tax collectors, but tax collectors in first-century Israel were far worse. They worked for the despised Roman occupation government, their dealing with the Gentile Romans and handling coins with pagan images on them made them unclean, and they kept back a percentage of the money they collected for their own use.
Jesus walked by one day as Matthew was plying his trade, invited him to follow, and Matthew did just that. He gave up a job in which he was not only getting money rather unfairly but also exploiting his fellow Jews. He came in for further criticism when he invited Jesus to dinner to meet some of his fellow workers in the Roman IRS.
The mean-spirited, legalistic, killjoy Pharisees asked Matthew and other of Jesus' followers, 'If your master is so holy, why does he eat with tax collectors and other notorious sinners?' Jesus answers them himself, saying, 'I am talking to people who know they need what I have to give them. There would be absolutely no point in spending any time with you -- you think you are perfect already.'
The presence of Matthew among the disciples during the rest of Jesus' ministry made a very profound point for anyone who was paying attention. If Jesus could get an unclean, treacherous, rip-off artist like Matthew to turn himself around, there was hope for anybody. Jesus says, 'I will not turn my back on anyone who turns to me -- no matter what there is in his past.' That was true in the first century, and it remains true two thousand years later."
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven
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