Thank you to the vendors, volunteers, and all who attended the Fall Festival!
SAVE THE DATE: Fall Festival September 16-17, 2023
Cash Raffle winners will be published in the September 17 bulletin. Thank you to all who sold tickets, and bought tickets!
September 21st ~ Saint Matthew the Apostle & Evangelist
Matthew, a son of Alphaeus, is a rather colorful character in the Synoptic Gospels. As a tax collector for the local Roman government, he would have been unpopular - even hated - for his perceived collusion with the pagan enemy. Despite this harsh stigma, Jesus calls Matthew to 'follow him' and to be among his closest band of disciples, the apostles.
"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. And as [Jesus] sat at dinner in the house [of Matthew], many tax-collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax-collectors and sinners?’ But when he heard this, he said, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.’ " (Gospel of Saint Matthew 9: 9-13.)
After Pentecost, tradition holds that Matthew preached the Gospel to the Jewish community in Judea, before going to other countries.
Later, he composed the Gospel that bears his name for a newly-converted Jewish-Christian audience, which accounts for the many Hebrew references in the text as well as for Matthew's theology of Jesus as the new Moses, clearly seen in the Sermon on the Mount. Tradition also holds that Matthew preached the good news of salvation Christ in various lands, eventually receiving, at sword's point, the crown of martyrdom, while celebrating the Sacred Mystery of the Eucharist.