Saint Matthew, Feast 2016

My reflection on Saint Matthew from 2016. How is God calling us into a life of hope and love for others? How is the gospel of Christ being written in our hearts and actions?

Broken But Not Divided

img_1421 “Saint Matthew” Painting: Ronald Raab, CSC

Painting: My illustration of Saint Matthew includes some of the classic images usually associated with Matthew and his role in the Church as an Apostle. First, the three coins on the left side illustrate Matthew’s old life, his livelihood. He was a tax collector and because of this profession, he was marginalized by the community. He was not trustworthy in the eyes of the people. The coins become an image of how Jesus uses our weakness or sin or past offenses to show that conversion and change is possible. The three coins also show us the value of his new call, the three images of God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Second, the wing on the right side refers to the classic symbol of the winged man or angel from Revelation that guided the hand of Matthew. In all the early paintings or…

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  1. What a beautiful reflection. My son that died at birth was named Matthew and my grandson is named Matthew. The name has a special meaning for me. The sermon today was most touching and I was crying inside. Thank you Father Ron for your love of Jesus and us and how you radiate it to us in words and sacrament.

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