The gospel is Matthew’s opening narrative which comes just after the first part of Mt. 1, the genealogy. Unlike Luke, Matthew begins with Joseph. He is a man of three dreams: our gospel today, the dream to go to Egypt, and the dream to return from Egypt. Matthew’s birth narratives are much shorter and simpler than Luke’s, yet still loaded with a rich theology.

God acts through intermediaries. These are not only angelic, but also through humans in real time history. That means through us, too. Step back a moment and ask: is God at work in my life? Have I ever known or heard that deep interior voice calling me to do something outside my comfort zone? Have I answered that voice and done the will of God in my life?

Alan Hartway

Theological Studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago IL; Master of Fine Arts, Poetics, at Naropa University, Boulder CO 1996; Master of Arts, Greek Classics, University of Colorado, Boulder CO 2012; Taught at Naropa University from 1999 through 2015; Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies from 2007-2015; Member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Kansas City Province since 1974; Pastor at Guardian Angel Catholic Church, Mead, CO, ministry from 2007-2020 Currently Retired

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