Saint Thomas of Canterbury, Bolton

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Matthew - Cycle A

The Gospel according to Matthew was composed about the year 65 AD. According to tradition he was writing for a community of Jewish Christians. Not surprisingly, therefore, his whole book is marked by a stress on the fulfilment of the Hebrew Scriptures, to which there are more than 130 references in this Gospel. Matthew wants to reveal to his readers the identity of Jesus as Messiah and Son of God. In particular, he places great emphasis on Jesus’ teaching ministry, and this determines the shape of his work. He wants to show that in Jesus Christ we have a new Moses, though one infinitely greater than Moses. For the Jews the essential part of the Scriptures was contained in the five books of Moses - the books which we call the Pentateuch. So Matthew has arranged his narrative in five sections or “books”, each marked by a long discourse of Jesus for which Matthew has collected together words which Jesus may have spoken on very different occasions. Thus we have first the great Sermon on the Mount followed by a collection of miracle stories; secondly, instructions to the Apostles; then a collection of parables; next some guiding principles for the Church; and finally, just before the Passion, a discourse about the end of time. This account ends with the promise of the risen Lord that he will be with his Church always “even to the end of time”  Clearly the Gospel is the account, not of a dead and buried Jesus, but of the crucified and risen Lord now living within his Church, and whose every word and action is so precious and full of significance to its members. It is within and for this faith community that Matthew presents his witness.

Year 1

  1. The Transfiguration of the Lord
  2. Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time
  3. First Sunday of Advent
  4. Second Sunday of Advent
  5. Third Sunday of Advent
  6. Fourth Sunday of Advent
  7. Feast of the Holy Family
  8. The Epiphany of the Lord
  9. Baptism of the Lord
  10. Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
  11. Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
  12. Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  13. Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  14. Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  15. Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
  16. First Sunday of Lent
  17. Second Sunday of Lent
  18. Third Sunday of Lent
  19. Fourth Sunday of Lent
  20. Fifth Sunday of Lent
  21. Palm Sunday
  22. Easter Sunday
  23. Second Sunday of Easter
  24. Third Sunday of Easter
  25. Fourth Sunday of Easter
  26. Fifth Sunday of Easter
  27. Sixth Sunday of Easter
  28. The Ascension of the Lord
  29. Seventh Sunday of Easter
  30. Feast of Pentecost
  31. Trinity Sunday
  32. The Body and Blood of Christ
  33. Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  34. Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time
  35. Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
  36. Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
  37. Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  38. Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  39. Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  40. Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  41. Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  42. Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  43. Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  44. Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  45. Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  46. Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
  47. Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
  48. Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
  49. Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  50. The Triumph of the Cross
  51. Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  52. Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  53. Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
  54. Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  55. Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  56. Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  57. Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time
  58. Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
  59. Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
  60. Saint Peter & Saint Paul
  61. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  62. Feast of All Saints
  63. Feast of Christ the King
  64. Dedication of the Lateran Basilica