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Saint Matthew ( מַתִּתְיָהוּ' ('Mattityahu') in Hebrew, Ματθαιος '('Matthaios') in Greek), also called Matthew the EvangelistMatthew, the tax collector, or Matthew the Apostle, is one of the Twelve Disciples and one of the Four Evangelists

Life Edit

The Ministry, The Passion, and The Acts Edit

Matthew was a Galilean tax collector, becoming rich by taxing more than was required. One day he was called by Jesus to become one of His Apostles. After this Jesus was invited by him to a feast, where he was criticized by the Pharisees, prompting Him to explain that he was there for the sinners and not the righteous.

As per the other Disciples, Matthew tagged long with Jesus on His Ministry, studying under Him. He was present at the Last Supper, and he witnessed the ascension of Jesus into Heaven. He drew lots to elect Saint Matthias as the replacement for Judas Iscariot.

After Jesus's ascension, he went about the known land preaching the Gospel.

Writing the Gospel of Matthew Edit

Matthew wrote down the Gospel of Matthew for the Jews so that they would know that Jesus was the Messiah, which is why he focused so much on events previously prophesied. 

He was supposedly martyred, and most likely founded several churches.

Feast Day and Canonization Edit

Saint Matthew was canonized as a Saint in the thirteenth century, one of the first to be canonized just after the process was founded by Pope Gregory IX

His feast day is celebrated on 21 September in the West and 16 November in the East.

Etymology Edit

Matthew is Hebrew for "Gift of Jehovah."