|The Apostle Matthew|
by Mair von Landshut
Saint Matthew was one of Jesus’ twelve Apostles. He was a tax collector named Levi when Jesus called him and apparently gave him the name Matthew, which means, “Gift of God.” After Jesus ascended into heaven, Matthew went to Palestine and maybe Ethiopia and Persia (Iran) to tell people about Jesus. Matthew was very concerned with reaching his fellow Jews with the Good News about Jesus, and when he wrote the first Gospel in the Bible, he answered a lot of the questions Jewish people had about Jesus, proving He was the Messiah.
When Jesus called Matthew, He said, “Follow me,” and Matthew got up and followed Him immediately. Every day, Jesus calls each one of us the same way. To help you remember that Jesus is calling you, memorize Matthew 9:9.
As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, 'Follow me.' And he got up and followed him."