Monday, September 22, 2008

The Proper of the Day: St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

Today the Church honors the witness and ministry of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist, and especially the Gospel that has his name on it. (As like last week, when Major Feast falls on a Feast of the Lord, i.e., a Sunday, it gets bumped, so we're doing St. Matthew today.) We've been reading Matthew throughout the summer, and I have to say, having to preach, or at least consider, each of the passages appointed in Matthew's Gospel has given me a new appreciation for his particular point of view. I like his focus on community and on ethics - as I noted recently, it seems mostof his parables about the Kingdom have much to do with the lived-out Kingdom here on earth. Certainly M's echatalogy is right there too, and we;ll see more of that in October and November. But I will miss Matthew as we move to Mark, who is much more direct and far less concerned with teaching. I think my favorite from Matthew at least this year is Chapter 13 and the Parables of the Kingdom. what are your favorite Matthew passages?

Here's Monteverdi's setting of Cantate Domino, Psalm 95, from the appointed Introit for today:

We thank you, heavenly Father, for the witness of your apostle and evangelist Matthew to the Gospel of your Son our Savior; and we pray that, after his example, we may with ready wills and hearts obey the calling of our Lord to follow him; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


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