This Is The Word Of The Lord
Sunday February 2nd, 2014
Born in Palestine sometime in the 1st century, St. Matthew is recorded in all four gospels and in the book of Acts, as being one of Jesus’s 12 apostles and also one of the four Evangelists. In the gospel of Matthew, he is described as a tax collector. However, parallel accounts refer to the tax collector that Jesus meets in Capernaum as Levi. Christians have long held that this was an example of “double naming”.
It is believed that Matthew authored the first Gospel of the Bible’s New Testament, known as the Gospel of Matthew.
Matthew is the patron saint of tax collectors and accountants. The Feast of St. Matthew is annually celebrated on September 21.
Today’s Gospel Reading
Matthew 5:1-12 NIV
Introduction To The Sermon On The Mount
Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
What Does Matthew Mean?
Christ sought to impart a profound teaching of spirituality in a way that would be easily understood by those to whom He was speaking. His purpose for speaking the passages known as “The Beatitudes” was to provide both a direction for living as well as a guide for behavior, aimed at those drawn to this new faith….Christianity. Additionally, Christ’s words were intended to serve as a means of comfort because He knew that to follow these teachings and this new path, would likely might lead to a life of persecution for His followers. And while we might not always know physical comfort, because of our faith, we will uncover a profound sense of peace and spiritual comfort!
Our Second Reading
1 Corinthians 1:18-31 NIV
Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
Thanks Be To God!
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