The Gospel reading for the eighteenth Sunday, which is the Feast of the Transfiguration, is a passage taken from Matthew chapter seventeen.  Jesus ascends the mountain with his closest disciples, Peter, James and John. Then Jesus is glorified, or “transfigured,” and seen alongside two patriarchs of the Old Testament: Moses and Elijah.   Ascending the Mountain […]

Chapter 13 contains the third of the five great Matthean discourses by Jesus.  In Chapter 13, Jesus sits by the shore of the Sea of Galilee and speaks to a great crowd. His sermon is delivered in parable format, and it is characterized by extensive thematic repetition. Jesus speaks of only two things throughout chapter […]

The Gospel reading for sixteenth Sunday of ordinary time is the parable of the weeds and the wheat, traditionally known as the parable of the tares. This Gospel passage is fairly straightforward, however I am occasionally baffled by the contemporary interpretations of the story.  Here in Matthew 13, Christ tells the crowd a story in […]

There is a term in biblical Greek, τύπος, that translates into English as a “pattern,” or a “model,” or a “figure.” Typology became known as the study of those characters in Hebrew scripture whose lives or behavior appeared to mysteriously parallel the life or character of Jesus of Nazareth. Typology within the Christian faith is an […]