When Christians talk about evangelization, they do so along the lines of the historical King Herod, who twisted biblical circumcision into a trademark of the temple cult, a stigma with which to brand people living outside of Judea as Jews, in order to extract wealth from them in the name of scripture—you guessed it—to build his temple.
But Matthew ends outside of Jerusalem in the green pastures of Galilee, with the destruction of Herod’s enterprise, under the blue skies of the heavens. In Matthew’s proposition, the families of the earth roam together, guided by the Shepherd’s voice in the wilderness, under the broad and generous expense of the heavens.
And “[Jesus] opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’” (Matthew 5:2-3)
Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 28:16-20.
Episode 427 Matthew 28:16-20; Music:
To the Ends by Kevin MacLeod