I will begin my new series of talks, on the Gospel of Saint Matthew, this Thursday, Sept. 2, at 11 am and at 6:30 pm, in the church. At this point, we will be able to gather in church for the talks, and they will be live-streamed and archived on our parish website. If, at some time, we have to discontinue meeting face to face, I will continue to present the talks, and they will be available on the website.
The Gospel of Matthew is the first of the Gospels, and is the first book of the New Testament. For centuries it was thought that this gospel was the first to be written and was always given pride of place. Scholars no longer believe that it was the first written but recognize its important place in the canon of Scripture.
There are a few features of the Gospel of Matthew that I find most intriguing. First of all, the Infancy Narrative in Matthew is very different from the one in Luke’s Gospel. It is much darker, with the shadow of the Cross falling across it, and it is told through the eyes of Saint Joseph. Luke tells the story through the eyes of the Blessed Mother. Secondly, there are five long sermons or discourses from Jesus that are scattered throughout the Gospel. The one that is most famous is the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5, 6, and 7. Another gives guidance to the Twelve for their missionary journeys, and a very important one is known as the Little Apocalypse, describing the events of the end times.
I hope that many of you will join me for the talks and that those of you who cannot will watch them on the website.
—Fr. Mike Comer