The Universal Church celebrates Sunday, September 21, 2014 as the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time in the liturgical year A. The 21st day of September is also celebrated as the feast day of Saint Matthew, the Evangelist and Apostle of Christ. The Gospel passage of this Sunday's Mass is taken from his Gospel. Christ calls Matthew from his post as a tax collector to become one of his Apostles. The synoptic Evangelists (Matthew, Mark and Luke) narrate how Matthew, also called Levi, gives a quick and generous response to Christ’s invitation to follow him. He immediately leaves all that he is doing to follow our Lord (Mt 9: 9-13; Mk 2: 13-17; Lk 5: 27-28). The Jews despise him as a publican who collects taxes for the pagan Roman Empire. His post is an attractive one as it enables him to acquire much wealth. He wrote his Gospel in Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke, but it was soon translated into Greek. He is believed to have been martyred in Persia. We wish all those who bear the name Matthew a very happy feast day!