Matera is a master teacher, and he has provided a wonderful resource not only for preachers but also for all who use the Sunday lectionary as a basis for prayer and Bible study. His book helps to unlock one of the church's treasures - the Pauline epistles. The biblical scholarship is sound, the writing is clear, and the homiletical insights are fresh.
Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., Weston Jesuit School of Theology
It offers a concise and intelligent source for sermon preparation.
He notes how unfortunate it is 'that there is such silence from the pulpit when it comes to preaching from the Pauline texts.' In order to remedy that situation, he provides pastors with strategies for preaching from the Pauline readings of the Sunday Lectionary.
Frank Matera does it again! Once again, Fr. Matera gracefully performs the difficult feat of bringing the fruits of technical exegesis to a wider audience. Priests, deacons, and lay ministers will all profit immensely from Fr. Matera's ability to make the historical Paul of the first century (and other New Testament writers traditionally associated with Paul) speak - and preach - to congregations of the twenty-first century.
John P. Meier, University of Notre Dame
. . . helpful both in collecting in one place brief exegesis on all these readings and in lifting up ways Paul speaks to congregations today.
. . . Matera can make a believer out of you. He gives preachers, catechists, RCIA ministers and others the courage and the method to use Paul's words for the pastoral purposes and needs of our day. Keep this wonderful little book handy and it will teach you to take a fresh approach to the Sunday lectionary.
About the Author
Frank J. Matera was for many years the Andrews-Kelly-Ryan Professor of Biblical Studies at the Catholic University of America. A former president of the Catholic Biblical Association of America, he is presently the pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Simsbury, Connecticut. He has published commentaries on Romans, Second Corinthians, and Galatians and written books on New Testament theology, New Testament Christology, New Testament ethics, and Pauline theology. Matera’s previous works published by Liturgical Press include Galatians in the Sacra Pagina series, Strategies for Preaching Paul, Preaching Romans: Proclaiming God’s Saving Grace, and most recently The Sermon on the Mount: The Perfect Measure of the Christian Life.