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From the Pastor…Fr. McHugh

The Infancy Gospels

Only Matthew and Luke relate the birth of Jesus. Mark’s Gospel commences with John the Baptist preaching in the desert and John’s Gospel begins with Jesus’ pre-existence in heaven. Scholars regard the Infancy Gospels as the least historical sections of the Gospels. They definitely were additions to the public ministry of Jesus and the Passion and Resurrection Narratives. None of the Gospels refer to the Infancy Narratives when Jesus begins His public ministry. St. Paul and the other epistle writers do not refer to the Infancy Narratives of Matthew and Luke. Despite all the fanfare surrounding Jesus’ birth, Jesus begins His public ministry as an unknown in all of Gospels. Matthew and Luke differ so much in their presentation of Jesus’ birth that their narratives cannot be reconciled. Matthew and Luke agree on some key points: that Jesus was descended from David, that Joseph and Mary were the parents of Jesus, the Virgin birth, and that Jesus grew up in Nazareth. Both also see Son of David and Son of God as the important titles of Jesus in their Infancy Narratives. There are quite a few differences between Matthew and Luke. Matthew relates his Infancy Narrative from the perspective of Joseph while Luke relates his from the perspective of Mary. Matthew relates that the Magi visited Jesus, while Luke states that the shepherds visited Jesus. Matthew relates the story of the Holy Innocents which Luke omits. Luke offers the annunciations of both the birth of John the Baptist and the birth of Jesus. Luke gives us the visitation story of Mary going to see Elizabeth. Nothing is said about this in Jesus’ adult ministry. A major difference in the Infancy Narratives is that Luke affirms that Joseph and Mary were originally from Nazareth and journeyed to Bethlehem to fulfill a census requirement. Matthew presents Joseph and Mary as living in Bethlehem. In Luke, Jesus was born in a manger while in Matthew, Jesus seems to be born at home. Traditionally, Luke’s version of Mary and Joseph journeying from Nazareth is the version we always seem to get in plays and movies. Scholars are divided on whether Joseph and Mary first lived at Nazareth. I tend to favor Matthew’s version that Joseph and Mary were originally from Bethlehem, since from my studies, I cannot find any compelling evidence of a census taken at the time of Jesus’ birth. The Infancy Gospels are regarded as less historical than the public ministry of Jesus and His passion and death since we have eye witnesses in the case of the latter. It is a baffling mystery from whom Matthew and Luke got their Infancy material. Originally, Mary was proposed as the source of this material, but certainly, she could not have offered information to both Luke and Matthew since their narratives are so different. I could see the possibility of Mary being a source for Luke’s Infancy Narrative although this cannot be proven. I don’t see any possibility of Mary being a source person for Matthew.

Know Your Parish Council

Go to the Pastoral Council section of our website (use navigation bar on the left side of this page) to learn about this ministry and to see an updated list of Council members. You will also find a nomination form there which you may submit online if you are interested in serving on the Good Shepherd Parish Council.

Bingo at Good Shepherd Church

Bingo every Tuesday evening at Good Shepherd. Doors open at 5:00 PM, games start at 6:00 PM.

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Faith Formation News

**NEW** – Ministry Schedules

New schedules for Cantors/Accompanists, Lectors, Altar Servers, Greeters, and the Holiday Schedule for Extraordinary Ministers are now available on the “Downloads” page of our website.

From Our Music Ministry: Hymn and Responsorial Psalm Selections (November 30, 2014 to January 11, 2015)

The latest Hymn Selections and Responsorial Psalm selections are available on the “Downloads” page of our website.

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