The 1st draft ending to Matthew’s Gospel

The Inspiration of St. Matthew by Caravaggio

The Inspiration of St. Matthew by Caravaggio (1602)

Since the eleven refused to leave their hiding place, Jesus met them there.  When they saw him they looked at one another with suspicion, and were deeply afraid. Jesus said to them. ‘It is up to you now. Stay inside and bar the door. Build a community that will insulate itself from the dangers of this world.      If new people enter, make it difficult for them to open locked doors, understand insider language and connect the faith you practice to their daily lives.   Test them. Judge them.  If you do allow others to join you, make sure you only let in those who match your politics, economic status, cultural references, language and ethnic background so they don’t stir up any trouble or challenge your set ways.’ Jesus vanished to never be seen among them again.”

The Holy Spirit then came to Matthew saying,

“You better try a 2nd draft.”

So he did.

“Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.  When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.  And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’ Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20)

Which draft are you using?



About geoff sinibaldo

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