The Gospel According to Matthew – 2017.10.22 The Way is Mindfulness Listen to Jesus, the way is not concerned with the concerns of political parties, and zealots. Pay taxes or not, it does not matter. What does matter is whether the choices you make reflect the desire of God to see […]Read more "A Homily – Matthew 22:15 – 22 ©"
The Gospel According to Matthew – 2017.10.15 There is no Kingdom, there is a Garden It is shameful when the Gospel writers betray the teaching and mission of Jesus, when they allow they allow their own fears, and their own reflections on the tribulations they suffered to warp the Good News that […]Read more "A Homily – Matthew 22:1 – 14 ©"
The Gospel According to Matthew – 2017.10.08 Propaganda and Apologetics Today’s reading is a piece of pure propaganda. It is an apology. It is an attempt by the writers of Matthew’s, in the first generation after the Roman conquest of Palestine, and the destruction of the Temple, to explain to […]Read more "A Homily – Matthew 21:33 – 43 ©"
The Gospel According to Matthew – 2017.10.01 A Word for the New Church There is a piece of pure politics at work here in the gospel. The writers of Matthew’s gospel are making a direct appeal to the remnants of John’s followers. This is a recurring theme in Matthew, who […]Read more "A Homily – Matthew 21:28 – 32 ©"
The Gospel According to Matthew – 2017.09.24 The Way, and the Gift of Love This parable represents the true teaching of the church. It is one of the most commonly repeated themes, and it is a message to every person who would claim to be a follower of the way. […]Read more "A Homily – Matthew 20:1 – 16 ©"
The Gospel According to Matthew – 2017.09.16 Mercy Listen! Forgive, be merciful. Forget every word in this passage except these: Do not settle on merely forgiving someone seven times, but forgive them seventy-seven times. Do not place limits on your mercy. If it is your power to […]Read more "A Homily – Matthew 18:21 – 35"
The Gospel According to Matthew – 2017.09.10 The Law Always be wary of the scriptures that cast Jesus in the role of a litigator, a legislator, authoring the law code. These are the machinations of later generation, writing into the sacred text a justification for their usurped authority. They put […]Read more "A Homily – Matthew 18:15 – 20 ©"