21 September 2023

The Katharine Konnection

Gospel of Matthew

This Fall we will be offering a study on the Gospel of Matthew that is open to all adult parishioners.  The study will be held on Sunday October 1, 8, 15 and November 5, 12, and 19 from 5:30-7:00PM in McElroy Hall.

For most of this year, the gospel readings we have been hearing have come from the Gospel of Matthew. We’ve heard Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, stories about his miraculous healings, and parables from him that both comfort and challenge us. We’re so accustomed to hearing these passages as individual stories that we risk missing Matthew’s larger message—and Jesus’ larger mission. We look at these stories as just that, stories. But each of them reveals a little more about what Jesus really wanted to do as he walked the earth. It’s this larger story that we’ll be exploring during our Bible study on the Gospel of Matthew

By writing his Gospel the way that he did, Matthew paints a portrait of Jesus as the ultimate, original disruptor. Yes, Jesus is a God of love and mercy and compassion, but his coming also instigated a series of upheavals and disruptions, both for the people who welcomed him and for the leaders who opposed him. Then, on the cross and in his resurrection, he initiated an even greater disruption that has affected the whole world—and that continues to affect us today.

That’s what we’re going to be exploring in the next few weeks: this combination of Jesus as the “Prince of Peace” and as the one who came to inaugurate a new kingdom that is so unlike anything anyone had seen before. In addition, we’ll be exploring how Jesus’ presence in our lives is meant to cause similar disruptions, bringing us from death to life, from sin to mercy, from fear to hope, and from isolation to community. All “positive disruptions” that help to create the Kingdom of God among us.

Our study will be led by Leo Zanchettin, a parishioner here at SKD.  He serves as a lector, catechist, and eucharistic minister at the parish. His day job is editorial director for The Word Among Us magazine and Catholic author.

We encourage you to consider joining us for this study of the Gospel of Matthew!  Please email me if you are interested in signing up for the study.

Blessings,

Brian McCrohan

 

 

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