Who Needs Baptism? Second Sunday of Christmas, Year A

Matthew 3; Romans 15:4-13; Romans 6:4-14

The Elves that put together the Revised Common Lectionary divided Matthew 3 into two different sections.  The first is read on the second Sunday of Advent; the second is read on the first Sunday after the Epiphany.  But look at what might happen if Chapter 3 is allowed to . . . → Read More: Who Needs Baptism? Second Sunday of Christmas, Year A

Christmas is Over: What’s Next? – First Sunday After Christmas

Matthew 2:13-23

The Child is born, the angels have sung, the Wise Men have come and gone; the dinner has been cooked and eaten, the children’s toys have been played with and discarded (except for the iPhones).  Because today is the day after the Christmas holiday, the gifts nobody wanted have not yet been returned . . . → Read More: Christmas is Over: What’s Next? – First Sunday After Christmas

Take a Different Road: 4th Sunday in Advent

Matthew 2:1-12; Numbers 24:17-19; Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-14

The Elves cut Matthew’s gospel to shreds so that it can be applied to the four Sundays in Advent according to Christian dogmatic belief and teachings.  In contrast to previous years, this blog is going right through Matthew from beginning to end.  As we have seen, Matthew’s . . . → Read More: Take a Different Road: 4th Sunday in Advent

Third Sunday in Advent: What’s in a Name?

Matthew 1:18-25; Isaiah 7:14; Romans 1:1-7

. . . you will name him Jesus.  This means, “he will save his people from their sins.”

. . . they will name him Emmanuel (which means “God is with us”).

The writer we call Matthew believed that ancient prophecy was prediction.  He undoubtedly knew that the . . . → Read More: Third Sunday in Advent: What’s in a Name?

Begotten, Not Made

Matthew 1:1-17; Psalm 18:46-50; Galatians 3-4

In this Year of Matthew, in the Season of Advent, we start with what is normally ignored:  “An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Anointed, the son of David, the son of Abraham,” or – in the spirit of the King James Version of the Bible – “the . . . → Read More: Begotten, Not Made