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Sunday, February 13, 2011

New to this blog?

I am no longer making posts, but if you would like to use this blog as a reading guide to the Gospel of Matthew, feel free. Just begin with the posts in August, 2010. I will be glad to answer questions or engage in dialogue if you wish to use the com box.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Now that you have read through Matthew's Gospel....

At right are two different versions of Matthew's Gospel.

One is a remnant from a very early papyrus copy, still in the original Greek.

The other is a medieval illumination, with a translation into Latin.

You have read the Gospel in English, either from a printed book, or perhaps online, with the assistance of a blog.

In all these forms, in season and out of season, the Gospel endures.

As you conclude this reflection on the Gospel, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How have I been drawn closer to the person of Jesus?

  • How has my faith in who Jesus is grow or changed?

  • How has my understanding of the Gospel, as it is proclaimed in the liturgy, deepened?

  • How has my understanding of how the Gospel was written, and how it has been passed down us, changed or deepened?

Monday, February 7, 2011

Chapter Twenty Eight - Quick Notes and Facts

  • Matthew’s gospel is the only one where Jesus first meets the apostles in Galilee, rather than in Jerusalem.

  • The women go back to the tomb to finish the burial rites, which they could not perform on Friday due to the coming of the Sabbath.

Chapter Twenty Eight - Question 4

What is the connection between Jesus’ resurrection and his commission to the apostles? What do these “marching orders” mean for the church?

Chapter Twenty Eight - Question 3

How does Matthew counter the argument that the body had been moved?

Chapter Twenty Eight - Question 2

How does the earthquake here function in the narrative?

Chapter Twenty Eight - Question 1

Compare this account of the Resurrection to the other three (Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24, John 20 and 21). How are they alike and how do they differ?