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Matt’s Top Ten

21 Sep

Today, in honor of the feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist, I thought I would provide my top ten list of favorite Gospel passages found exclusively in St. Matthew’s Gospel.

Matthew has some of the most beautiful passages in all of Scripture, including the visit of the Magi (Mt. 2:1-12) and the breathtaking Sermon on the Mount (Mt. 5-7), as well as some of the most troubling, such as the massacre of the Innocents (Mt. 2:16-17), Judas’ suicide (Mt. 27:3-5), and the people’s acceptance of responsibility for Jesus’ execution (Mt. 27:25).

I went through the entire Gospel and identified the following ten passages unique to Matthew that I found the most inspiring. I hope you agree!

(1) Matthew 1:23 “’Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel’ (which means, God with us).”

Not only does Matthew apply the prophecy of Isaiah to Jesus and Mary, but adds for emphasis the meaning of the title “Emmanuel”: God is with us! Earlier in the genealogy (Mt. 1:1-17), Christ is identified as the long-awaited Messiah who embodies the promises made to Abraham and David. Now we also discover that the anointed one is God Himself, who has chosen to make His dwelling with us (see John 1:14). Continue reading