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But as you know, the effort needs to be sustained if it is to have continuing effect.
UCAN publishes some 150 stories a week in four languages across six websites. We are grateful to benefactors in Europe and the US who support us. But those countries and the Church there are under increasing financial strain and their generosity no longer covers our costs.
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Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
St Matthew, Apostle
- September 21, 2012
Take the story for what it is worth. It reveals the character of a man who can take an important decision, a hard decision and not look back. It also shows his deep appreciation of the new life he was about to embrace â at a banquet he gives in Jesusâs honour, which is also a farewell banquet of sorts, he invites his old cronies and the other disciples. The neighbourhood is scandalized at Jesusâs friendliness with these people: âYour Master -- eating with publicans and sinners!?â Jesusâs answer confounds them further: âGod wants a compassionate heart, not sacrificial offerings in the temple. Understand this!â
Matthewâs Gospel had a strong sense of what it was to be a Jew, the heir to Godâs promises to Abraham. He saw Jesus as the fulfillment of all these promises, that is why this Gospel is scattered with references to the Law and the Prophets. But he also saw his people as repudiating Jesus, rejecting him as the messiah. He grasped that the ânewâ Israel would be open to strangers and pagans, while the children of Israel would be cast away.
Some of the most sublime pages in the New Testament are found in Matthewâs Gospel, âthe Sermon on the Mountâ for example. And his collection of parables helps us understand the future shape of the Church. Matthewâs is the Gospel for all who have grown up immersed in an older religious tradition, but which must now yield to the values of the âReign of Heavenâ.