The gospel reading for Trinity 4 in Year A of Matt 10.40–42 is perhaps the strangest choice in the whole lectionary—at only three verses! And yet this short passage has some really significant features that offer enormous potential for reflection: it is tightly structured and highly memorable; it is almost without parallel in the other gospels; it rounds off Jesus’ teaching about the mission of the disciples; and it connects very closely with Paul’s theology of the church as the body of Christ.
Come and join Ian and James as they discuss all these issues, and their implications for our reading, preaching on, and hearing this passage.
Revd James Blandford-Baker is vicar of Histon and Impington, two villages just north of Cambridge. Revd Dr Ian Paul is Associate Minister of St Nic’s, Nottingham, and writes the widely-read blog www.psephizo.com. Full written commentary behind the discussion can be found on the blog each week.