St. Matthew the Apostle
Born in Palestine sometime in the 1st century, St. Matthew was one of Jesus's 12 apostles and also one of the four Evangelists, according to the Bible. Matthew also known as Levi, authored the first Gospel of the Bible's New Testament, now known as the Gospel of Matthew. Prior to preaching the word of God, he worked as a tax collector in Capernaum.
From such an unlikely situation, Jesus chose one of the foundations of the Church, a man others, judging from his job, thought was not holy enough for the position. But he was honest enough to admit that he was one of the sinners Jesus came to call. He was open enough to recognize truth when he saw him. "And he got up and followed him" (Matthew 9:9b).
Matthew is the patron saint of tax collectors, bankers, book keepers and accountants. The Feast of St. Matthew is annually celebrated on September 21.
"And behold, I am with you always." –Matthew 28:20