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.
34th and Last Sunday Ecclesiastical Year A: Christ King
Year A 33rd Sunday: Matthew 25:14-30, The Talents
Year A 32nd Sunday: Matthew 25:1-13, 'Then the kingdom of Heaven will be like this'
The Eight Beatitudes - Matthew 5: 3 - 10
Year A 30th Sunday: Matthew 22:34-40
Fr Dries reflects on Matthew 22:15-22
22:15 Then the Pharisees went away to work out between them
how to trap him in what he said.
Fr Dries reflects on Matthew 22:01-14
22:01 Jesus began to speak to them in parables once again,
22:02 'The kingdom of Heaven may be compared to a king
who gave a feast for his son's wedding.
Fr Dries reflects on Matthew 21:33-43
21:42 Jesus said to them, 'Have you never read in the scriptures:
The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;
this is the Lord's doing and we marvel at it?
21:43 'I tell you, then, that the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.'
Fr Dries reflects on Matthew 21:28-32
21:28 'What is your opinion?
A man had two sons. He went and said to the first,
"My boy, go and work in the vineyard today.
21:29 He answered, "I will not go," but afterwards thought better of it and went.
Fr Dries reflects on Matthew 20:1-16 .
'Now the kingdom of Heaven is like a landowner
going out at daybreak to hire workers for his vineyard.'
18:21 Then Peter went up to him and said,
'Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me?
As often as seven times?'
18:22 Jesus answered, 'Not seven, I tell you, but seventy-seven times.
18:15 'If your brother does something wrong,
go and have it out with him alone, between your two selves.
If he listens to you, you have won back your brother.
16:21 From then onwards Jesus began to make it clear to his disciples
that he was destined to go to Jerusalem and suffer grievously
at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes
and to be put to death and to be raised up on the third day.
16:13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi
he put this question to his disciples, 'Who do people say the Son of man is?'
1:39 Mary set out at that time
and went as quickly as she could into the hill country to a town in Judah.
1:40 She went into Zechariah's house and greeted Elizabeth.
1:41 Now it happened that as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting,
the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
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.