Originally published at: Daily Devotion for 21 September 2023 (17th Thursday after Pentecost) | Confident.Faith
- Psalm 55
- Psalm 119:89–96
- Nehemiah 5:1–16; 6:1–16
- 1 Timothy 4:1–16
- Apology of the Augsburg Confession, XIIA, 83–97
Today we celebrate the festival of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. An author of one of the four Gospels, Matthew was called to follow Jesus, and, in doing so, left behind a lucrative occupation as tax collector. Church tradition is uncertain as to whether Matthew died a martyr’s death, and, if so, where.