This Gospel has long been the Church’s favorite faith portrait of Jesus. The Good News would not be as good without such bold strokes of Matthew as:
- the unique details of Jesus’ infancy (magi, flight into Egypt, massacre of infants),
- Jesus’ counter-cultural Sermon on the Mount,
- his provocative parables and memorable miracles,
- the building of his church on the Rock, Peter,
- his concluding commissioning of the Eleven to make disciples of all nations,
- the assurance from start to finish that Jesus is Emmanuel, God-with-us.
Piece by piece, Reid puts together the unforgettable picture of Jesus in all his Jewishness, the one who has come not to abolish but to fulfill the law and the prophets.
Barbara Reid is Professor of New Testament at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago. She is the author of the three-volume Parables for Preachers and Choosing the Better Part?: Women in the Gospel of Luke.