The Latin Collect
Beati Apostoli et Evangelistae Matthaei, Domine, precibus adjuvemur: ut, quod possibilitas nostra non obtinet, ejus nobis intercessione donetur.
May we be assisted, O Lord, by the prayers of the blessed apostle and evangelist Matthew; that what of ourselves we are not able to obtain, may be given us by his intercession.
Almightie God, whiche by thy blessed sonne dyddest call Matthewe from the receipte of custome to be an Apostle and Euangelist; Graunt us grace to forsake all couetous desires, and inordinate loue of riches, and to folowe thy sayed son Jesus Christ.
As may be seen, Archbishop Cranmer replaced the Latin Collect with a new composition, intending, rather than ringing the changes on the intercession of the Saints, as many of the old saints' day collects did, to extract an incident from the life of Matthew and to pray that we might be touched by his example as well as by his prayers.
Our daily lives are spent, as was Matthew's, in the pursuit of material needs and wants. There it is that Jesus finds us, day by day, and summons us to follow. May we hear Him as clearly as did the Apostle, and turn our backs on anything that would keep us from His service. Let us not be as the rich young ruler who clung to what he had and sadly turned away from God.