The Gospel According to Matthew – 2017.08.20 Humility There are multiple currents taking place in this passage. First it should be noted that this is the only place in any of the Gospels where Jesus is rebuked and corrected by another person. The woman pleads to Jesus for aid, and […]Read more "A Homily – Matthew 15:21 – 28 ©"
The Gospel According to Matthew – 2017.08.13 King of the God’s First we must bear in mind that these events never happened. This myth is a metaphor. It is intended to communicate the idea that Jesus is not merely the Son of God, but the king of the gods. In […]Read more "A Homily – Matthew 14:22 – 33 ©"
The Christian Church is a syncretic institution; borrowing language and thought systems, rituals and organization, from every culture it encounters. From the time that Jesus was crucified, to the drafting of Saint Paul’s first letter, the Church was adapting, changing, learning to communicate to an ever-widening audience, synthesizing their diverse beliefs and values, as if […]Read more "On Syncretism and the Synthetic Church – Part II"
The Christian Church emerged from Judaism slowly, over the course of decades. At the earliest moment we are able to distinguish Christians from Jews, Christians had already laid the foundation and were building their “New Jerusalem” on a shifting system of syncretic beliefs. The term syncretism is controversial among Christian Scholars, and believers. I do […]Read more "On Syncretism And the Synthetic Church – Part I"
The Gospel According to Matthew – 2017.03.12 First Reading – Daniel 7:9-10,13-14 © Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 96(97):1-2,5-6,9 © Second reading – 2 Peter 1:16-19 © Gospel Acclamation – Mt17:5 Gospel Reading – Matthew 17:1-9 © Constructing Idols in Narrative The readings for today do a disservice to the work and […]Read more "A Homily – Matthew 17:1 – 9 ©"
Part I Christianity is a missionary religion. Preaching and teaching is a central component of its dogma, and the injunction to make converts appears in the earliest of Church writings. The Gospel of Matthew gives the church “The Great Commission,” 28:19 – 20 “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the […]Read more "A Bleak History of Christian Mission – Collected Parts"
The Gospel According to Matthew – 2017.07.30 The Fire Does Not Destroy The authors of Matthew’s Gospel should have stopped there writing with the good news, as it was presented in the first two examples of what the God’s garden is like. It is the most priceless thing, it is to […]Read more "A Homily – Matthew 13:44 – 52 ©"