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Matadormus was the wealthy young man and member of the Sanhedrin who was so impressed with Jesus' teaching that he sought to be an apostle notwithstanding the aversion of his colleagues, the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem to such teachings. Though "greatly loved" by the Master, Jesus, seeing his attachment to wealth, directed him to sell all his possessions and give the proceeds to the poor or his brethren and then follow him. It was this request that occasioned Matadormus' disappointment and the amazement of the apostles for whom Peter spoke saying "" Who then, Lord, can be saved? Shall all who have riches be kept out of the kingdom? "[1]. Notwithstanding this initial decline of the Master's invitation to "follow me" whatever the cost, Matadormus did several years later on do just this, but by then it was too late to have gained the unique benefit of being a member of the apostolic party who shared all things in common with each other as they walked together as intimate associates of Jesus of Nazareth.

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