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 – 2017.09.10 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 ©"
The Gospel According to Matthew – 2017.09.03 In Good Company The most salient point we should take from this reading is not: The prophecy of Jesus regarding his death in Jerusalem, and the resurrection that followed, this is the propaganda of the church. It is not the suggestion that those […]Read more "A Homily – Matthew 16:21 – 27 ©"
The Gospel According to Matthew – 2017.08.27 Identity, and Propaganda Matthew’s Gospel was written roughly one hundred years after the death of Jesus of Nazareth. Saint Paul the Apostle, was the first person to call Jesus the Christ, the anointed one. This was not a term his disciples used of him, nor […]Read more "A Homily – Matthew 16:13 – 30 ©"
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 ©"