Matthew in the Margins







Sundays after Pentecost

The Revised Common Lectionary

The Bible on-line (including New Revised Standard version)

"Breakthrough" - A Weekly Gospel Exploration

"Marginally Mark", another resource for preachers and congregations

"Laterally Luke", a companion page to "Matthew in the Margins" and "Marginally Mark".

The Gospel of Matthew

An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah,the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Aram, and Aram the father of Aminadab, and Aminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of King David...

Gathered in 'church', most congregations look surprisingly like pages of Scripture. All set in lines, row upon row. Here a stop. There a comma, An exclamation! A question or two?? But a congregation's life is lived mainly outside all these rows of pews and aisles, and Scripture itself arises from that outside life far more than from what goes on inside synagogue or church.

Prepared by Brian McGowan, Anglican priest in Western Australia. This material may be copied freely, with attribution.