The greatest commandment and David’s lord in Matthew 22

The lectionary reading for the so-called ‘Last Sunday after Trinity’ as we near the end of Year A is Matthew 22.34–46. Having had three symbolic actions from Jesus (entering the city, overturning the tables, withering the fig tree) and three parables (the two sons, the wicked tenants, the wedding banquet), we have now reached the … Continue Reading

The greatest commandment and David’s Lord in Matthew 22 video discussion

The lectionary reading for the so-called ‘Last Sunday after Trinity’ as we near the end of Year A is Matthew 22.34–46. Having had three symbolic actions from Jesus (entering the city, overturning the tables, withering the fig tree) and three parables (the two sons, the wicked tenants, the wedding banquet), we have now reached the … Continue Reading

‘Render unto Caesar’: the question of taxes in Matthew 22

The gospel reading for Trinity 20 in Year A is Matthew 22.15–22, the short exchange between Jesus and his opponents on the question of the Roman ‘poll’ tax. This has important theological implications for our understanding of issues of politics and power, though it is often misread. We are now well embedded in Matthew’s triple … Continue Reading

‘Render unto Caesar’: the question of taxes in Matt 22 video discussion

The gospel reading for Trinity 20 in Year A is Matthew 22.15–22, the short exchange between Jesus and his opponents on the question of the Roman ‘poll’ tax. This has important theological implications for our understanding of issues of politics and power, though it is often misread. It comes at a particular moment in Matthew’s … Continue Reading

Grace and judgment in Matt 22 video

I have picked up the idea once more of making short videos to accompany my comments on the Sunday lectionary reading. This is for Matt 22.1–14, the reading for Trinity 18 in Year A. For more detail and background, see the written commentary on the passage here from earlier in the week.