Fr. Mike reads the Sermon on the Mount and explains how Jesus’ teachings powerfully fulfill the old testament law, and identify the broken human heart as the source of our sinful actions. We learn that Jesus himself is the remedy to our sins, and that the secret to holiness is living in the perfect will of God. Today’s readings are Matthew 5-7, and Proverbs 18:21-24.
Fr. Mike reinforces Jesus’ divinity as we read about how Jesus heals people physically, mentally, and spiritually and frees them from the enemy’s kingdom of darkness. Fr. Mike also encourages us to not be afraid when we experience persecution and division for the sake of Christ, but to rather courageously carry the Cross.
Fr. Mike explains the many parables we hear today in Matthew, including the return of the unclean spirit, and the danger of ornate souls. He emphasizes that when God sweeps the sin out of our souls, we must replace it with virtue, otherwise our souls remain empty without a relationship with God. Today’s readings are Matthew 11-13 and Proverbs 19:5-8.
As we read about the many miracles Jesus performs in today’s readings from Matthew, Fr. Mike asserts the objective reality of those miracles and reinforces that Jesus is truly the Son of God who has power over matter. We learn that in Jesus, we too can do things that we could never do on our own. Today’s readings are Matthew 14-17, and Proverbs 19:9-12.
Fr. Mike takes us through various parables in Matthew such the parable of the lost sheep, the merciful servant, and the laborers in the vineyard. He invites us not to be envious when others are blessed, but to allow the Father to be generous. Todays readings are Matthew 18-21, and Proverbs 19:13-16.
Fr. Mike continues to explain the parables Christ recites in Jerusalem, specifically focusing on the dangers of preaching God’s Word without practicing it in our lives. Jesus goes on to speak against the Scribes and Pharisees, reminding us that he’s not only the Prince of Peace, but the Way and the Truth. Today’s readings are Matthew 22-24 and Proverbs 19:17-20.
Fr. Mike explains sins of omission, and how these are some of the biggest deciding factors of who goes to heaven and who goes to hell: whether or not we did good works God called us to. He also reminds us that not all of the New Testament parables are universally relevant, recalling the parable of the talents and the parable of the wise and foolish maidens. Today’s readings are Matthew 25-26 and Proverbs 19:21-24.
As we finish the Gospel of Matthew, Fr. Mike takes us through Christ’s passion, explaining the meaning of “Barabbas”, the importance of saints, and temptation towards false truth. He also explains the context of the gospels, and how we fit into them in the new and eternal covenant. Today’s readings are Matthew 27-28 and Proverbs 19:25-29.
Fr. Mike introduces us to the books of Ezra and Haggai, explaining the Israelites’ return to the promised land. He also warns us against apathy and indifference in our relationship with God, as we see Israel display towards the temple. Today’s readings are Ezra 1-2, Haggai 1-2, and Proverbs 20:1-3.
Fr. Mike continues to take us through the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem, and the importance of moving on from the past to see what God is doing in our lives right now. He also gives some context on the Samaritans and what was happening across Jerusalem, post return. Today’s readings are Ezra 3-4, Zechariah 1-3, and Proverbs 20:4-7.