"In verbo veritatis" (2 Cor 6:7)

January 25, 2014

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Third Sunday of the Year – January 23, 1972 – CNR

The passage from Matthew’s Gospel that we have heard today describes the opening of Jesus’ public ministry. Matthew has already described the infancy of Jesus, the preaching of the Baptist, Jesus’ own Baptism and temptation. Now, after the imprisonment of John, Jesus undertakes his own mission of preaching and curing, both of these activities being the essential content of his words, “Reform your lives; the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

You cannot be unaware that modern New Testament scholarship has transformed the way in which we read the accounts in the Gospels of the words and deeds of Jesus. The evangelists were neither stenographers nor chroniclers; they were believers writing for believers; they pretended to no “objectivity,” convinced as they were that faith in Jesus as Messiah and Lord was the only true objectivity in his regard. (more…)

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