My dear people of St. Mary’s,
This week’s Pastor’s Page will be brief, since we are going to press early because of the impending storm. When you are finally reading this, know that I am referring to storm two out of the three we are supposed to have. I am officially sick and tired of all this snow.
I made the announcement last week at Mass that I will soon be offering my second scripture course: An Overview of the Gospel of St. Matthew. This class will be much shorter than the last, only two classes, and each should last about an hour. As I have told you, each year for the whole year, the Church reads from a different Gospel at Sunday Mass. This year is the year of St. Matthew, so we will be hearing his version of the life of Christ throughout most of the year. And, because each week we only get a little snippet of the story, I wanted to offer this course as an overview, to give you a larger perspective on the entire Gospel.
Many people are not aware that the different evangelists wrote at different times, to different audiences, and organized their Gospels in different ways to highlight certain things. For example, St. Matthew, the apostle who had been a tax collector, wrote his Gospel mainly for Jews who had converted to belief in Christ, and were living in Palestine. St. Mark, by contrast, wrote for an audience of Gentile converts to Christianity, especially the early Christian community in Rome. It is my hope that giving an overview of the Gospel of St. Matthew will help our parishioners come to a better understanding of the Gospel as it is proclaimed every Sunday at Mass. You may even be inspired to read it on your own!
As with the last class, it will be offered on Wednesday evenings (Feb 12 & 26) at 7:00 pm in Msgr. Ryan Hall. However, this time I will also offer an afternoon session on those same days for those who do not wish to drive at night. The afternoon sessions will be held at 1:00 pm in the lower hall of St. Mary’s Church on Bryant Avenue. At each, refreshments will be served. So, if you are interested in learning more about the Gospel, and enriching your experience of the Mass, please come and join us.