Here is your chance to deepen your faith this coming year (2017) through a richer knowledge of Matthew’s Gospel, the primary Lectionary readings for Sunday Mass. This handy 40 page booklet in digital (PDF) format is ideal for downloading to your computer, iPad, Kindle, etc. It has several resources that will help you become a more knowledgeable reader of Matthew’s Gospel and share what you learn with others. This clear and easy-to-read booklet contains:
An Overview of Matthew’s Gospel: A Handbook for Disciplizing All Nations This section gives you the basic background information about Matthew’s Gospel: author, audience, the original situation that inspired Matthew to write his Gospel, its structure and style, relation to the other Gospels, Matthew’s distinctive portrait of Jesus and of Christian discipleship (including An Outline of Matthew’s Gospel and Pope Francis’s Advice for Encountering the Biblical Text).
A Brief Reading Guide to Matthew’s Story of Jesus This section offers a basic guide to help you read Matthew’s Gospel for yourself, taking you through the Gospel section by section and indicating how Matthew is developing his version of the story of Jesus and its meaning for us who desire to be his disciples.
The Gospel Is for Sharing: Resources for Sharing the Gospel Message This section provides concrete helps about how to go about sharing what you are learning with your own household members or with a faith-sharing or a Bible study group by using a method based on the fourfold eucharistic pattern: Take, Bless, Break, Share (including Some Basic Questions for Exploring Any Scripture Passage that can stimulate both personal reflection or group discussion).
Questions for Personal Reflection and/or Group Sharing In this section there are a series of questions about Matthew’s Gospel to use either for personal reflection or as the starting point for a group discussion in your household or with a faith sharing or a Bible study group. They should be helpful for:
all adults desiring to get more from hearing the Sunday Gospels for this coming liturgical year
catechists in their catechetical ministries or in training
adults in families or in faith-sharing or Bible study groups
those investigating the Christian faith for the first time or catechumens in the RCIA
inquisitive young adults in college or high school
Matthew’s Gospel in the Lectionary: Year A—2017 This section contains a brief explanation of the structure and content of the Church’s Lectionary for Sunday and a list of the Lectionary readings from Matthew’s Gospel with dates for 2017.
Through Holy Week with Matthew: A Journey to the Heart of Our Faith This section outlines a plan for setting aside time each day during Holy Week to read and reflect on Matthew’s narrative of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection (chapters 21–28).
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