Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Classic

Matthew 23: 1-12 Gospel Summary After describing four controversies with various religious leaders about paying taxes to Caesar, the nature of resurrection, the greatest commandment, and the Messiah (22:15-46), Matthew places Jesus’ strong judgments against these authorities. The growing schism with the religious authorities of his own Jewish community will eventually result in Jesus’ arrest […]

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Feast of All Saints, Classic

Matthew 5: 1–12a Gospel Summary For the feast of All Saints we are asked to reflect on the first, and perhaps most important, verses of Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount. These verses have come to be called the Beatitudes. Since Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount represents the moral ideals taught by Jesus, it is most […]

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All Saints Day, Modern

Lectionary 667 In the earliest Christian times it was common for Christians to refer to fellow living believers as “saints”—hagioi in Greek. Saint Paul and other New Testament writers do this many times, as did the Church Fathers. In the Catholic Church the term gradually came to be restricted largely to deceased heroes of the […]

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Classic

Matthew 22: 34-40 Gospel Summary Matthew’s gospel, Jesus is frequently involved in confrontational situations. This reflects the tensions in the church of Antioch between conservative Jewish Christians and more liberal converts from among the Gentiles. The Pharisees in this gospel represent in some sense a conservative position that emphasizes observance of the law. They want […]

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