I wanted to start blogging again today because it is Sunday. I am trying to make Sunday all about the stained glass in my church. While in church today, the sun was shining through the colors and resting their shadows on people. I noticed the true beauty of the colors today. I love stained glass. Truly an art form requiring so much skill, patience, love and attention. Stained Glass in churches serve a very special meaning. These windows tell a story. Well, they tell The story, and were used especially for people who could not read the scriptures.
This week we will focus on the window of St. Matthew. St. Matthew is author of the first gospel in the New Testament. He was a tax collector, and was called to be an apostle in the town of Capernaum. In the Catholic world, St. Matthew is the patron saint of Bankers, Tax Collectors and Bookkeepers.
We know that tax collectors were not known as honest people. St. Matthew made a huge change in his life by giving up his sinful, stealing ways to follow Jesus. And Jesus was criticized for accepting St. Matthew, a tax collector.
In this stained glass window, we see St. Matthew holding a pen and the book of his gospel.
Below him is located an angel, which is St. Matthew’s Evangelical symbol. I was unaware that Saints had evangelical symbols, so I looked up why his is an angel. An angel is used because an angel is mentioned in the first story of his gospel.
“Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means “God is with us.”
When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.
He had no relations with her until she bore a son, and he named him Jesus. ” Matthew 1:18-25
I think the angel is beautiful. In fact I think the window is truly magnificent.
St. Matthew willingly followed Jesus. I am sure he had times when he did not fully understand his own decision. This was a huge risk! He lost all he knew, and gained new life.
There are times that we do not understand why we have made a decision. We know God has called us, and we follow. Other people do not understand, and may view us as impulsive, silly. We do not know how to explain to them why, except God called us. Sometimes we just need to follow and not understand. Understanding will eventually make itself known. Trust God. Obey his command for your path, and see what great things come your way. St. Matthew gained freedom, salvation, friendship, love. What will be gained from your obedience?
Have a wonderful, peaceful evening everyone!