On September 21, the Christian Church remembers St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. He was also known as Levi, son of Alphaeus. He was a tax collector, someone the Jews at the time would have regarded as a thief and a traitor. Matthew’s Gospel is written for Jewish readers, quoting the Old Testament and emphasizing Jesus as the fulfillment of prophecy.
O Lord Jesus Christ,
in your great goodness
you called Matthew the tax collector
to be your apostle and evangelist.
Give us the power to withstand temptation,
turn from all the temptations of the world,
and follow you without delay;
through your mercy, O our God,
you are blessed,
and live and govern all things,
now and forever.
Source: Mozarabic, from The New Mozarabic Collects, #94