Going Somewhere?

Herod intends to search for the Child and do away with Him

Matthew 2:13
Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14; Psalm 128:1-5; Colossians 3:12-21; Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23

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The Gospel of Matthew is the first Gospel in the New Testament order. It contains the most complete record of Jesus’ teachings. In the Early Church, it was used as a manual of instruction for new Christians.

It begins with the Nativity Story, partly told in today’s Gospel Lesson. You’ll remember that King Herod sends a detachment of soldiers to Bethlehem to kill the children. And at the end of the Gospel, a squad of soldiers is assigned to kill the prisoner, Jesus. Yet, within this framework, the Gospel of Matthew emphasizes peace — over-and-over-again the peace of God.

The Nativity Story, as told in Matthew’s Gospel, is well-known, of course. The Wise Men came from the East…

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