The man of St Matthew



Welcome to our reading of the Gospel of Matthew, the first Gospel: the first in order and in many ways the first also in its importance for the Church. Yet, almost certainly not the first Gospel to be written, that most likely being the Gospel of Mark.

Our aim is to read the Gospel of Matthew as his story of the good news of Jesus. We will begin at the beginning and read steadily right through the Gospel. Our aim therefore is to watch the story unfolding step by step.

In Advent 2016 cycle A of the Sunday Gospel readings began once again. This is the year when passages from Matthew's Gospel are read on Sundays, especially during Ordinary Time. We will therefore be looking at the Sunday readings as we go along, giving a special consideration of the Old Testament reading chosen to accompany that Sunday's Gospel.


My aim with this Gospel Reading project is to be practical: I hope to help you to read well and so to discover the Gospel for yourself. I will be trying to help you to build up an experience of reading so that you are able to approach the gospel story with the right questions in mind. This aim is not academic in itself - though the guidance will have a good academic basis.

Good reading is the essential first step for our meditation and prayer with the Bible.

Try to make more time available during the first few weeks of reading when there will be more background to cover. It is important to make a good beginning. After a while, an hour each week ought to be enough time.

Always of course have your Bible with you. Part of our reading will aim to help us to get used to thumbing through the Bible and getting to know your way around. The Bible itself is often the best interpreter of the Bible.

Our first step will be an overview of the Gospel. There are many signs that Matthew the evangelist planned his Gospel carefully. A sound reading of the Gospel needs to be based on the evangelist's own framework. We need to be aware of that framework even as we begin our reading.