The money he took from the King's tax gatherers
he returned to the miserable peasants of the district, and once when Henry III sent a little expedition against him he surrounded and captured the entire force, and, stripping them, gave their clothing to the poor, and escorted them naked back to the very gates of London.
He championed the wretched tax gatherer
. He saw through the pretence of the pious Pharisee.
"There was oppressionfor those who were not the friends of Caesar: the tax gatherer
to take the grain from the fields and the flax from the spindle to feed the legions or to fill the treasury from which Caesar gave largesse to the people.
Which of the twelve apostles was a former tax gatherer
Whatever this tax gatherer
had done or been, with no prerequisites, today's gospel says he was called with these unadorned words, "Follow Me." This was not, in first instance, a call to be one of the twelve apostles, but a call like ours, to be Jesus' follower, to follow his way to the cross.
In one of his most amusing and enlightening stories, "The Tax Gatherer
" (1964b, 138-43), written in his early period, he touched upon several matters, some of which demonstrate his consistency, whereas others show a libertarian shift over time.
Matthew was a tax gatherer
for the Roman occupying power and as such was hated by his fellow countrymen, for being a civil servant for their conquerors.