Date(s) - 25/02/2020
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
O'Connor / Pilkington Rooms
This year the Church uses the Gospel of St Matthew in the liturgy. In this Gospel Jesus delivers five speeches, the most well known of these being the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew’s Gospel also contains some unique parable about the kingdom of heaven such as the weeds among the wheat (Matt 13:24-30); the unforgiving servant (Matt 18:23-35); and the laborers in the vineyard (Matt 20:1-16).
This two hour session will look at the uniqueness of Matthew’s Gospel; how it came into existence and the unique way it portrays Jesus as the fulfiller of Israel’s hopes. It will also look at how Matthew understands Jesus as the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets.
The Gospel writer was likely a Jewish Christian and portrays Jesus’ Jewish identity and his community within its Jewish heritage. In the Gospel Matthew is giving a new interpretation of the law. In the face of change and uncertainty that challenges our faith, Jesus gives assurance to his community: “behold I am with you until the end of days” (Matt 28:20) This assurance is for us today also. Matthew also call us to go to “the Nations” – to all peoples (Matt 28:19.) For the kingdom which Jesus has promised will embrace both Jew and gentile alike. So through Matthew’s Gospel he is calling us also to reach out to all people.
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