St. Matthew — Apostle and Evangelist September 21

St. Matthew wrote one of the four Gospels. He is represented by the animal with a human face, because he commences his Gospel by the line of ancestors from whom Jesus descended as man. His name is in the Canon of the Mass.

At that time, Jesus saw a man sitting in the customhouse, named Matthew, and He said to him, “Follow Me.” And he rose up, and followed Him. — Gospel, St. Matthew 9

The Imitation of Christ
Oh, how many and grievous tribulations did the Apostles suffer and the Martyrs, and Confessors, and Virgins, and all the rest who resolved to follow the steps of Christ.
Ideal
St. Matthew was Levi, a rich tax gatherer. Our Savior passed his booth one day, looked in at the little window and said two words, “Follow Me!” That was all. Levi gathered up his money, went to his officials, turned in the money, resigned his position and followed Christ. You notice he wasted no time wondering “If I could only be real sure that I have a vocation,” etc. He heard the call and went.
Today
Perhaps you have noticed that when people set about finding a suitable mate for life, they do not seem to wonder a great deal whether they are “called” for that life or not. Have you ever felt you would like to serve God more directly in the religious life? Laborers are needed in the vineyard. Pray today definitely for light to know your own vocation, and pray for the missionaries in foreign fields. Add one Hail Mary for your teachers.
Slogan
Pray, therefore, the Lord of the harvest that He send laborers into His vineyard. — Our Lord to the Apostles