Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Coming to your parish: The Year of Matthew

Of the four gospels, only Matthew's (from which we begin reading this coming Sunday) tells the story of the Magi coming to visit the Christ child. Image by Tony Mendoza

The scriptures at Sunday Mass unfold over a three year cycle of readings. With the First Sunday of Advent we will begin Year A which is dominated by the gospel according to Matthew. (Year B is Mark and Year C, just completed, was Luke)

You might find it helpful to read some background material on the gospel of Matthew and I recommend the introduction to Matthew from the New American Bible, the translation all American parishes use.

Knowing Matthew's background and something about the community he writes for will be very helpful in understanding how his witness speaks to us today.


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