We invite you to reflect on St Matthews Gospel with a weekly meditation by Fr Dries van den Akker SJ on the unique paintings of Catholic artist Peter Clare.
Year A 19th Sunday: Matthew 14:22-33
14:25 In the fourth watch of the night he came towards them, walking on the sea,
14:26 and when the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified.
'It is a ghost,' they said, and cried out in fear.
14:27 But at once Jesus called out to them, saying, 'Courage! It's me! Don't be afraid.'
Year A 18th Sunday: Matthew 14,13-22
14,13: When Jesus received this news [the violent death of John the Baptist]
he withdrew by boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves.
But the crowds heard of this and, leaving the towns, went after him on foot.
Year A 17th Sunday: Matthew 13:44-52
13:44 'The kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found;
he hides it again, goes off in his joy, sells everything he owns and buys the field.
Matthew 13:24-43. The picture of today is an illustration of Jesus’ parable about the good seed and the bad darnel.
Year A 15th Sunday: Matthew:13:1-23
The picture is an illustration of the parable of the seed and its explanation.
'When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples
he moved on from there to teach and preach in their towns.'
‘So if anyone declares himself for me in the presence of human beings, I will declare myself for him in the presence of my Father in heaven.'
10:26 'So do not be afraid of them.
Everything now covered up will be uncovered,
and everything now hidden will be made clear.
10:27 What I say to you in the dark, tell in the daylight;
what you hear in whispers, proclaim from the housetops.’
26:10 But Jesus noticed this and said, 'Why are you upsetting the woman?
What she has done for me is indeed a good work!
26:11 You have the poor with you always, but you will not always have me.
11:27 Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father;
and no one knows the Son except the Father,
just as no one knows the Father except the Son
and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
The famous story of the descent of the Holy Spirit from heaven in the shape of wind and fire is told by Luke in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. We don’t find it in Matthew’s Gospel.
Matthew 28,16-20 - 'And look, I am with you always; yes, to the end of time'.
7:12 'So always treat others as you would like them to treat you;
that is the Law and the Prophets.
10:24 'Disciple is not superior to teacher, nor slave to master.
10:25 It is enough for disciple to grow to be like teacher, and slave like master...’
This Sunday the Story of the Good Shepherd according to John is read. The painting of Matthew 9:35-37 might be a suitable replacement. The artist pictures Jesus with the cross of a shepherd.
Mt 07:28 - Jesus had now finished what he wanted to say, and his teaching made a deep impression on the people.
'This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee'.
'Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.' #GodWhoSpeaks
As Jesus went on his way two blind men followed him shouting,
'Take pity on us, son of David.'
And when Jesus reached the house the blind men came up to him
and he said to them, 'Do you believe I can do this?'
They said, 'Lord, we do.'
Then he touched their eyes saying,
'According to your faith, let it be done to you.'
And their sight returned. #GodWhoSpeaks
‘I baptise you in water for repentance,
but the one who comes after me is more powerful than I,
and I am not fit to carry his sandals;
he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire.’ #GodWhoSpeaks
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as dazzling as light. #GodWhoSpeaks
...and the tester came and said to him, 'If you are Son of God, tell these stones to turn into loaves.'
But he replied, 'Scripture says: Human beings live not on bread alone
but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.' #GodWhoSpeaks
'You have heard how it was said,
“You will love your neighbour and hate your enemy.”
But I say this to you,
love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you;
'You have heard how it was said to our ancestors,
You shall not kill; and if anyone does kill he must answer for it before the court'.
'You are salt for the earth. But if salt loses its taste, what can make it salty again?
It is good for nothing, and can only be thrown out to be trampled under people's feet'.
5:1 Seeing the crowds, he went onto the mountain.
And when he was seated his disciples came to him.
5:2 Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them...
As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew; they were making a cast into the sea with their net, for they were fishermen. #GodWhoSpeaks
And when Jesus had been baptised he at once came up from the water, and suddenly the heavens opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on him. #GodWhoSpeaks