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Saint Matthew (first century)

Saint Matthew (first century)

Patron saint of accountants, bankers, bookkeepers, and tax collectors

Feast day: September 21

Matthew was a Jew who collected taxes for the Romans, who occupied Israel during the life of Jesus. The tax collectors were usually hated by their fellow Jews. Some strict Jews like the Pharisees considered tax collectors to be sinners because they handled Roman currency that had on it the image of Caesar—which the Pharisees considered to be idolatry. Thus many people were shocked when Jesus chose Matthew to be one of his closest followers. By choosing Matthew, Jesus shows us that no one is beyond hearing and responding to God’s call. (From Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens [Saint Mary’s Press]) 

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