The Gospel of Matthew
By: Pope Francis
"Pope Francis’s engaging and challenging reflections on the Gospel of Matthew is a guidebook for all who long to follow Christ more fully, understand scripture more clearly, and love God and neighbor more completely.”—From the Foreword by Daniel P. Horan, OFM
"A master class in the Gospel of Matthew by a master teacher. Pope Francis brings a lifetime of learning and experience to help readers understand more fully the Jesus we encounter in Matthew's Gospel, from the beginning of his life in a small-town Jewish family, through his ministry of preaching and healing in Judea and Galilee, through his Passion and Death in Jerusalem, to his Resurrection as the savior of all humankind. Let Francis draw you closer to Our Lord with this beautiful series of meditation." --James Martin, SJ author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage and This Our Exile
In these heart-stirring reflections by Pope Francis, readers will meet Jesus and discover hidden treasure in the individual lines and words of Matthew’s Gospel. Not intended for study or preaching, these pages simply allow us to be guided by Pope Francis, a master of prayerful silence, so that we may embrace a simple and living intimacy with Jesus, the Word made flesh.
Pope Francis, formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, was elected in conclave of 2013 becoming the first Pope from the Americas as well as the first Jesuit and the first to take the name of Francis. As an individual and as a religious leader, Pope Francis has been noted for his humility, his concern for the poor, and his commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths.