Item description for Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word: Meditations on the Gospel According to Saint Matthew: Vol. 1 by Erasmo Leiva Merikakis...
Overview To the unstudied eye, Matthew's gospel can seem a terse narrative, almost a historical document and not the tremendously spiritual (and doctrinal) storehouse that it is. Erasmo Leiva here acts as our guide, showing Matthew's prose to be not terse so much as economical--astoundingly so given its depth. The lay reader can derive great profit from reading this. Each short meditation comments on a verse or two, pointing to some facet of the text not immediately apparent. Leiva's work is scholarly but eminently approachable by the non-technical reader. The tone is very much gustate et videte, quoniam suavis est Dominus [taste and see how good the Lord is]-as it is "friend, come up higher!". The goal of the book is to help the reader experience the heat of the divine heart/the light of the divine Word. Leiva points to Matthew's gospel as being deeply ecclesial because it is first Christological. He comments on the Greek text, demonstrating to the reader nuances in the text that defy translation into English without serious revision of the text. Leiva uses linguistic analysis to aid the non-Greek reader with the literal meaning of the text; numerous quotes from the Fathers and the liturgy of the church demonstrate the way the Tradition has lived and read the Word of God. His theological reflection vivifies doctrine by seeking its roots in the words and actions of Jesus.
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I allways wanted such commentary Jan 3, 2007
This commentary - or meditation how the author calls it is great help in reading the Gospel - either for myself or for preparing the homily. Although not every comment is useful for the homily yet almost on every page I find for myself a new insight in the scripture. Sometimes author gives more than one page comments on only two words of the verse - yet without much scholarly unnecessary details - All the comments are made referring to the original Greek text but the author does not enter in long discussion about possible translations.
cordial reading Dec 10, 2004
Be prepared to embark on a cordial reading of the Gospel of Matthew: a reading with the heart!
Awesome. Feb 2, 2004
Volume 2 of this inspirational trilogy was published in January 2004 and it's equally dynamic. Volume 3 is is eagerly awaited.
Although this highly readable book is quite scholarly, it's a welcome relief from contemporary Catholic theology which tends to be little more than hot air and/or poorly researched dissent.
Superb blend of both critical and faith-filled insight. Jul 22, 1999
Merikakis does something not many modern scipture scholars do - he is able to present a solidly critical interpretation of St. Matthew's Gospel and inspire the reader towards greater faith. So often commentaries get caught up in the minutiae and seem to be full of doubt and lacking in faith. The author begins with the orginal greek (always translated for his readers)and presents a wonderfully rich series of meditations which take into account the whole and the parts of this Gospel. This book is great for ordained clergy and non-ordained clergy alike.