Ordinary Time - Sundays 2 to 8 - Scripture Soundings
The Jewish Christians' young faith in Jesus as the Messiah and promised one of God was also an inquiring faith. What were the connections between God's promise and its fulfillment in Jesus?
This was the question of a faithful people seeking understanding, not of doubtful people setting traps. This latter approach was often the method used by those who baited the Jewish Christians--the same ones who baited Jesus himself--which we shall see as Matthew's Gospel unfolds.
The meditation that we embark on for this part of the liturgical year begins with one of the infrequent exceptions to the use of Matthew's Gospel for this year--a reading from John's Gospel. This Gospel is called into service to help us set the stage: Jesus is called "rabbi," and the disciples seek to know where he is coming from, so to speak. Jesus' reply to these first apostles is also his reply to us: "Come and see."
On the following Sunday we return to Matthew's Gospel: the first apostles are chosen and the great Sermon on the Mount is set before us. Matthew's community could not have helped but notice the familiar setting, yet the message has changed as the mountain-top words echo forth: "Blessed are you ..." Clearly, a new Moses is here; a new commandment is proclaimed, a new people gathered, a new work begun.
We are invited to pay close attention as we begin this new year. We are among the new people gathered. We are invited to take it all in and live it all out. This is our new beginning, too.
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Ordinary Time - Scripture Soundings - Cycle A
Sent By God
The Good News
Salt of the Earth
To Fulfill the Law
To Be Like God
The Child of Her Womb
Updated: October 23, 2010