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Today’s Readings – Saint Matthew

St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist (Feast)

Matthew, who is called Levi by Mark and Luke, was a tax collector, a Jew working for the Roman colonising power. It is not surprising that Jews who did this work – especially as the Romans did not collect tax from their own citizens – were objects of contempt.

As recorded in today’s Gospel reading, he left his business to become a disciple of Jesus, and indeed one of the Twelve Apostles.

Matthew is spoken of five times in the New Testament; first in Matthew 9:9, when called by Jesus to follow Him, and then four times in the list of the Apostles, where he is mentioned in the seventh (Luke 6:15, and Mark 3:18), and again in the eighth place (Matthew 10:3, and Acts 1:13). As the account in the three Synoptic … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Saints Andrew Kim and Paul Chong

Commentary on Saints Andrew Kim Taegon, Priest, Paul Chong Hasang and Companions of Korea,

Korea must be unique in that the first seeds of Christianity were planted there by lay people.  The Catholic faith came to Korea in the early 17th century, inspired by the re … Continue

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