The Gospel of Matthew

Thinking Scripture


The Guest House was full to overflowing for this year's Scripture week - lovely to welcome back old friends and also several new people to join us. As usual we explored sections from our selected Gospel in three ways, as literature, history and theology.

We focused on the Sermon on the Mount, on Chapters 11 and 18 and finally (after we had had time to get used to our methods of interpretation) on the Infancy Narratives. Our speakers, Fr Dixie, Sr Margaret and Dr Geoffrey Turner, explored Matthew's context and his relation to the Judaism of his time, with a detailed look at, for example, slavery in the ancient world, the role of genealogies in Scripture, or the practice of 'fraternal correction'.

Geoff's musical meditation this year took the theme of the First World War and included moving pieces by Butterworth, Elgar and Vaughan Williams. Still remembering the war, we watched together the excellent Monsignor Renard, set in occupied France and starring John Thaw, and concluded the social evening on the last night on a more light-hearted note with Dad's Army.

There were various options available for the free day including walks up Easedale Tarn or around Grasmere, a trip to Hadrian's Wall, visits to the bird reserve at Leighton Moss and the former Cistercian Furness Abbey.