As Jesus passed by,
he saw a man named Matthew
sitting at the customs post.
He said to him, “Follow me.”
And he got up and followed him.
While he was at table in his house,
many tax collectors and sinners came
and sat with Jesus and his disciples.
The Pharisees saw this
and said to his disciples,
“Why does your teacher eat
with tax collectors and sinners?”
He heard this and said,
“Those who are well
do not need a physician,
but the sick do.
Go and learn
the meaning of the words,
I desire mercy, not sacrifice.
I did not come to call the righteous
but sinners.”
Matthew 9:9-13

Today is the Feast of St. Matthew the Apostle.  Here’s a bit of interesting information:

Patron of: Accountants; bankers; bookkeepers; customs officers; security guards; stock brokers; tax collectors; Salerno, Italy.

Symbols: Angel holding a pen or inkwell; bag of coins; loose coins; halberd; inkwell; king; lance; man holding money; man holding money box and/or glasses; money bag; money box; purse; spear; sword; winged man; young man; book; man sitting at a desk.

Here are a couple of coloring pages to help you celebrate:

shield with money bags

St. Matthew Icon:

Perhaps you’d like to bake a few Apostle Cookies…here’s a wonderful suggestion with an activity for the feast of St. Matthew.