Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word, Vol 2

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Ignatius Press, 1996 M01 1 - 800 pages

To the unstudied eye, St. Matthew's gospel can seem a terse narrative, almost a historical document and not the tremendously spiritual (and doctrinal) storehouse that it is. In his second volume of meditations on Matthew (chapters 12-18), Erasmo Leiva shows Matthew's prose to be not terse so much as economical--astoundingly so given its depth. The lay reader can derive great profit from reading this. Each short meditation comments on a verse or two, pointing to some facet of the text not immediately apparent, but rich with meaning.

Leiva's work is scholarly but eminently approachable by the lay reader. The goal of the book is to help the reader experience the heat of the divine heart/the light of the divine Word.

Leiva comments on the Greek text, demonstrating nuances in the text that defy translation. He uses numerous quotes from the Fathers and the Liturgy of the Church to demonstrate the way the Tradition has lived and read the Word of God. His theological reflection vivifies doctrine by seeking its roots in the words and actions of Jesus.

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Excellent companion commentary to Matthew's Gospel

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I was intimidated by this book for a long time... but it is SO worth reading... It just allows the Gospel of Matthew to slowly seep into your skin... to look not so much at the exegesis... but in ... Read full review

Contents

Picking Grain Unlawfully 1218
49
The Man with a Withered Hand 12914
64
Fulfilment of the Servant Prophecy 121521
83
Jesus and Beelzebul 122232
101
The Tree and Its Fruits 123337
123
The Sign of Jonah 123842
138
The Return of the Impure Spirit 124345
157
Jesus Mother and Brethren 124650
171
The Canaanite Woman 152128
425
Numerous Cures 152931
450
The Feeding of the Four Thousand 153239
469
Signs of the Messiah 1614
486
Negative Examples Pharisees and Sadducees 16512
497
Peters Profession of Faith and Commission 161320
508
First Announcement of the Passion 162123
532
Necessity of the Cross 162428
541

153 Overview
185
The Parable of the Sower 1319
187
The Reason for Parables 131017
196
Explanation of the Parable of the Sower 131823
215
2430
236
FILLED THE COSMOS Parable of the Tiny Mustard Seed
237
Parable of the Leaven 1333
252
Teaching in Parables 133435
258
Explanation of the Parable of the Weeds 133643
265
Parables of the Treasure the Pearl and the Net 134450
292
Conclusion Treasures Old and New 135153
321
Jesus Rejection by His Townsfolk 135458
331
Martyrdom of John the Baptist 14112
348
The Feeding of the Five Thousand 141323
356
Jesus Walks on the Lake 142433
370
Healings at Gennesaret 143436
392
The Pharisees Traditions and the Law of God 15120
401
Jesus Transfiguration 1718
549
The Coming of Elijah 17913
565
Healing of the Boy with a Demon and Second Announcement of the Passion 171423
574
Paying the Temple Tax 172427
590
Sermon on the Church 18135
602
Christs Little Ones 1815
603
The Gravity of Scandal 18610
615
Parable of the Lost Sheep 181214
622
The Brother Who Sins 181520
629
The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant 182135
642
APPENDICES
657
ON TRANSLITERATING GREEK
659
INDEX OF NONENGLISH TERMS
661
INDEX OF NONBIBLICAL NAMES
665
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
667
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