Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

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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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 22: 34-40 Gospel Summary In 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 […]

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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 18:21-35 Gospel Summary Today’s gospel selection is taken from a section of Matthew’s gospel that is concerned with the dynamics of a truly Christian community. It is fairly certain that Matthew’s gospel was written for the church at Antioch, where there were deep divisions between the more conservative Jewish […]

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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 16: 21-27 Gospel Summary At Caesarea Philippi, Jesus had questioned the disciples about his identity and Peter responded confidently, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). In today’s gospel, we see how poorly Peter understood the true mission of Jesus. He still had to […]

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