The Pharisees’ Invisible Hand: Proper 17, Year A

Matthew 23

Matthew’s “condemnation of the pharisees,” also appears in Luke, but not in Mark.  The source for this diatribe is most likely Q, but Matthew expands on the theme to an extent not found in Luke.  Regardless of the original source, or where it appears, the Elves disregard the controversy completely.  One verse (Matthew . . . → Read More: The Pharisees’ Invisible Hand: Proper 17, Year A

On Resurrection: Proper 16, Year A

Matthew 22:23-33; 1 Corinthians 15; Revelation 21:1-8

Much of the end of the Gospel of Matthew is normally considered during Lent and Easter.  Commentary on those readings that are included in the Revised Common Lectionary may be found in the highlights for Year A.  However, portions of these last chapters are routinely skipped by the . . . → Read More: On Resurrection: Proper 16, Year A

Tea Parties and Fig Trees: A Parable for Today – Proper 15, Year A

Mark 11:12-14; 20-25 Matthew 21:14-22

The Fig Tree parable is never read if the Revised Common Lectionary is followed, whether one uses the version in Mark or in Matthew (Luke left it out altogether). The “triumphal entry into Jerusalem” and the famous incident in which “Jesus cleanses the Temple” are the foundations for Christianity’s “Holy . . . → Read More: Tea Parties and Fig Trees: A Parable for Today – Proper 15, Year A

Debt, Lies, and Fantasy Land: Proper 14, Year A

Matthew 20:20-34

The Elves deal with chapters 21-29 of Matthew’s gospel starting at the end of September, and ending with the “Reign of Christ” on the Sunday before Advent.  Past commentary on these chapters and their accompanying lectionary readings focus on Parousia – the Coming of the Lord – and the relevance of that metaphor . . . → Read More: Debt, Lies, and Fantasy Land: Proper 14, Year A