THOUGHT for the DAY.
He had the great advantage of having been an eyewitness of the ministry of Jesus and experienced first hand the teachings of his Master.
That teaching was to make an indelible mark on Matthew and it was he alone that gave us such great teachings as the Sermon on the Mount.
There is no doubt that he wrote his Gospel for the Jews as he depicts Jesus as the Great Teacher and Giver of the New Law, in fulfilment of the Old Law.
It is Matthew that proclaims the Church as the New Israel with the task of bringing the Good News to all nations. Matthew would have made a good teacher for he systematises and collects the teachings of Jesus to make them easier to memorise in an age when such things had to be passed on by word of mouth.
Today we can read his Gospel but its 'good news' still needs to be passed on by word of mouth, and in exemplary actions, if the world is ever to be a better place.
Rev Harry Ross, Vicar of St Luke, Walton
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Jun 6, 2005|
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