Saint Matthew, whose original Hebraic name was Levi, is sort of a new Moses, of the same tribe, and whose lineage he likely shared, the writer of the first Gospel, represents all those drawn out from the stagnant mud of sin, to the highest of virtues. His recounting of Christ’s life follows in many ways the first five books of the Bible, the Mosaic Pentateuch.
We know little of Levi’s prior life, nor of his subsequent life as ‘Matthew’ – in Greek, simply, ‘the Disciple’ – only that he was a tax collector, a loathed profession, a betrayer of his own

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