Matthew 4:12-23, The Beginning of Jesus’ Proclamation

[January 26, 2013] Today’s Gospel reading spans the end of the beginning of Matthew’s gospel and the beginning of the five discipleship sections, with verse 17 being the pivot on which they turn, that single verse ending the one and beginning—indeed, as a thesis practically entitling—the following. “From then onwards Jesus began . . . → Read More: Matthew 4:12-23, The Beginning of Jesus’ Proclamation

Matthew 4:18—5:16, Discipleship and Beatitude (additional notes)

The Lord’s Supper

[January 22, 2012] When we come to the Lord’s Table, our Lord tells us to remember Him. For those who saw Jesus with their own eyes, “remembering” meant to recall Him to their minds, to cherish Him in their hearts, and to honor Him with their intentions, words and . . . → Read More: Matthew 4:18—5:16, Discipleship and Beatitude (additional notes)

Matthew 4:18—5:16, Discipleship and Beatitude

What Blessedness Is

[January 22, 2012] What does the word “Blessed” mean?

If we take it out of its Biblical context, which is what a lot of modern translations and preachers do, the word can simply mean “happy.” But poverty, being mournful, and hungering and thirsting, and having people say . . . → Read More: Matthew 4:18—5:16, Discipleship and Beatitude