In 3 short weeks, we will celebrate the First Sunday of Advent and enter the Gospel setting of Year A in the Lectionary. The 12 topic, 4 audio CD set, “The Gospel of Matthew” is intellectually delicious and spiritually transformational in the hands, or shall I say, voice, of Passionist Father Donald Senior. The word “Gospel” is a verb for Paul – proclaiming salvation – and a noun for Matthew – transformation of human life. Whether you listen with your hands on the steering wheel or wait on his every word holding notebook and bible, Fr. Senior takes you by the arm into Matthew’s thrilling transformation of heart. Offered in 25 minute tracks, this 5 hour series captivates the attention. Who were the believers in Matthew’s community? What challenges did they face? Fr. Senior sets us squarely in the action and convincingly claims that the challenges of our own day closely parallel those of the evangelist’s contemporaries. Imagine Antioch, the third largest city in the Roman Empire during the eighth decade of the first century. Roman annihilation of the cultural center of Jerusalem resounds in the life of the Jewish-Christian community. Think Nine Eleven. Gentiles respond to evangelistic efforts and the early church embraces a multi-cultural constituency. Sound familiar? We are transitioning from the primarily Eurocentric church of the global north to the cultural array of the global south. Matthew’s Gospel guides us into our deepest values and aspirations while maintaining continuity with the past and openness to the future. And that’s just the historical backdrop! We hear the Sermon on the Mount with new ears and see Matthew’s vision of church with new eyes. Fr. Senior even makes the genealogy in Chapter 1 come alive! Open your bible to the first book in the New Testament canon, slip in a CD and let your heart give witness! Use the on-line Order Form and request this CD series or search related titles with the key word: matthew @ click here or call Dan Hardester or Diane Gallagher@ 407-246-4895 (or 4897).