Clean Hands at the Corporate Buffet: 6th Sunday in Eastertide

Matthew 15:1-20

The first 9 verses of Matthew 15, taking Jesus and his disciples to task for not washing before eating, are not included in the readings for Year A, probably because they were lifted wholesale from Mark, and are read in Mark’s Year B.  But Matthew’s context is very different from Mark’s. The writer . . . → Read More: Clean Hands at the Corporate Buffet: 6th Sunday in Eastertide

Assuming the World Has Not Ended: 5th Sunday in Eastertide

Matthew 14

Matthew has lifted Mark’s story about the daughter of Herodias (the illegitimate wife of Herod Antipas’ brother) who was paid for her dance at her grandfather’s birthday party with the head of John the Baptist delivered on a platter.  She was not given a name in any of the Gospel accounts, but Josephus . . . → Read More: Assuming the World Has Not Ended: 5th Sunday in Eastertide

A New World Order: 4th Sunday in Eastertide

Matthew 13; Mark 4; 2 Corinthians 5

The collection of parables in Matthew 13 is the third of the great discourses Matthew collated and put into a particular context, and then attributed to Jesus.  The Jesus Seminar scholars have determined that all seven of the parables are found in Thomas, and the writer/evangelist has also . . . → Read More: A New World Order: 4th Sunday in Eastertide

Whatever Happened to “Love your Enemies”? 3rd Sunday in Eastertide Year A

Matthew 12:38-50; Jeremiah 22:1-9

The Elves skip all of Matthew 12.  Most of it is covered in readings from Mark and Luke, which are read in their respective years.  However, the end of chapter 12, which Matthew borrowed from Mark and Q, and which does appear also in Luke, contains a curious combination of a . . . → Read More: Whatever Happened to “Love your Enemies”? 3rd Sunday in Eastertide Year A