A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Friday 17 June

2 Kings 11:1-4, 9-18, 20;
Psalm 132: 11-14, 17-18; Matthew 6:19-23

Treasure in Heaven

Have you already noticed what Matthew is doing? Like a good teacher he is helping us to understand what was expressed so concisely in the Beatitudes. By gathering together various little sayings and images of Jesus into one extended teaching, sayings and images that were most probably shared at different times and places in Jesus’ public ministry, Matthew is subtly telling us how consistent and focused the Good News is. In today’s reading Matthew adds depth and colour to the beatitude, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit …’ Read the Beatitudes again in the light of these images and sayings.

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