To the unstudied eye, St. Matthew's gospel can seem a terse narrative, almost a historical document and not the tremendously spiritual (and doctrinal) storehouse that it is. In his second volume of meditations on Matthew (chapters 12-18), Erasmo Leiva shows 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, but rich with meaning.
Father Simeon, O.C.S.O. (formerly Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis), a Professor of Literature and Theology at the University of San Francisco, is the author of several books including The Way of the Disciple and Love’s Sacred Order.