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Chapter 68: Ten Lessons about Life

The second book of Matthew’s Gospel is all about discipleship. Two of the three chapters are devoted to ten healing stories. Matthew sees healing and discipleship as two sides of the same coin. The ten mighty deeds can be divided … Continue reading

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Chapter 67: Healing Stories / Mighty Deeds?

Walking across the school playground one morning I was greeted by a long lost friend. “I hear you are working miracles,” she said. What could she have meant? The Gospels tell of Jesus performing many miracles.   John closes his Gospel … Continue reading

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Chapter 66: Matthew Presents the New Moses

This year the Gospel texts for Sundays of Ordinary Time are taken from Matthew. We give the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, a variety of names: The Pentateuch, the Books of the Law … Continue reading

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Chapter 62: Lazarus

Lk 16: 19 – 31 Note: Last month I briefly introduced the Parable of ‘The Rich Man and Lazarus.’ We will now look deeper into this story. I suggest that you read this text once more. St Basil   (died 379 … Continue reading

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Chapter 61: Banquet of Life – Part 2

(Fifth and Sixth Banquets – Lk 14: 1 – 24; 16: 19 – 31) Woe to you Pharisees! For you love to have the seat of honour in the synagogues and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces. (11: … Continue reading

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Chapter 59: Never Again?

(The fourth banquet in Luke) Luke 11: 37 – 42 (This is a transcript of the conversation I, Joseph, a Pharisee, had with my Lawyer friend, Abel. The year was 31 AD, the place somewhere in Israel.) 37 While he … Continue reading

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Chapter 58: Two Faces of Service

(The third banquet in Luke) Luke 10: 38 – 42 This intimate dinner party is placed immediately after the parable of the Good Samaritan. Remember that the Priest, the Levite, the wounded man, and the Samaritan were all on their … Continue reading

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Chapter 57: Would You Invite Jesus to Dinner

(Two banquets in Luke) Luke frequently uses the setting of “a dinner party” for Jesus teaching. Please read the stories in your Bible before continuing with this article. Lk 5: 27 – 32 The host was a tax collector and … Continue reading

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Chapter 61: Banquet of Life – Part 1

(Fifth Banquet Lk 14: 1 – 24) “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you for your own good, who leads you in the way you should go. (Is 48: 17) “I call heaven and earth today to witness … Continue reading

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Chapter 56: The Divine Story

Mark introduces us to the adult Jesus on the banks of the River Jordan. Later we will meet Jesus, the Suffering Son of Man. Matthew portrays Jesus as the New Moses and Luke as Son of David and Son of … Continue reading

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