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Meditations of the Gospel According to St Matthew: 3 (Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word) [Paperback]

Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis
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20 Mar 2013 Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word (Book 3)
To the unstudied eye, St. Matthew's gospel can seem a terse narrative, almost a historical document and not the tremendously spiritual (and doctrinal) storehouse that it is.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 third volume of meditations on Matthew (chapters 19-25), Erasmo Leiva continues to show 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. Leiva's work is scholarly but eminently approachable by the lay reader. The tone is very much of "taste and see how good the Lord is" and an invitation of "friend, come up higher!". The goal of the book is to help the reader experience the heat of the divine heart and the light of the divine Word. Leiva comments on the Greek text, demonstrating nuances in the text that defy translation. He uses numerous quotes from the Fathers and the Liturgy of the Church to 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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  • Paperback: 870 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (20 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586176986
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586176983
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 6.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Fire of Mercy has become a classic of Catholic culture. It is certainly original, like no other meditation on the Scriptures you will ever read. --- John Saward, Author, The Beauty of Holiness

This is a biblical commentary with scholarship and, above all, a prayerfulness that is a great gift to the Church. --- Sr. Wendy Beckett, OCD

These reflections on Matthew open out onto such staggering vistas of radiance - or shall I say rather, penetrate to such mother lodes of treasure - that one is brought to a halt, over and over: rebuked, instructed, illuminated, and searched. --- Thomas Howard, author of Chance or Dance?

About the Author

Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis obtained his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Theology from Emory University. Formerly a Professor of Literature and Theology at the University of San Francisco, he is now a Trappist monk at St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Mass. In addition to Vols. 1 & 2 of Fire of Mercy, he is the author of several other books including The Way of the Disciple and Love's Sacred Order.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great gift 25 May 2013
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The author had written two books and then there was a break. I was very glad to receive the third volume recently. He has now entered a religious order and I am sure this has deepened his insight and prayer over the text.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Profoundly inspiring 14 May 2013
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The three volumes of commentary on St Matthew's Gospel, of which this is the latest, clearly come from a deep relationship with God. There are so many Scripture commentaries that are either too academic and spiritually lifeless or too superficial or give interpretations that are at odds with the teaching of the Catholic Church. I am hoping that this is not the last!
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5.0 out of 5 stars You gotta get this! 24 Mar 2013
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If you are looking for insights into Jesus Christ, you have to buy this book. I personally met the author about 2 years ago in Spencer, MA; he signed my Vol. 1. He noticed the cover was worn off and he said, "This is the best compliment" and then handed the book back to me with his signature. We chatted for over an hour. He has put his heart and soul into this book. I'm looking forward to his next which will cover the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. God bless, Fr Scott Reilly LC
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5.0 out of 5 stars Embracing the word 19 Feb 2013
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The author does a fantastic job of bringing to light how the greek text manifest itself and how different from simple English it really is. Through his use of the Greek, his obvious expertise in Scriptural Study, he draws out of the text a new and necessary profound meaning within the spiritual understanding. This is quite simple a masterful work. Needed for all serious scriptural students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure 17 April 2013
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Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word probes beneath the surface of the Gospel narratives (Matthew focus). He provides an astonishing depth and breadth of thought. The linguistic analysis invites one to reflect/meditate on the Word of God with a new "lens." This is a book to "treasure.'
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5.0 out of 5 stars MUST KEEP BY YOUR BIBLE!!!! 13 Mar 2013
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I'll be brief.

I have had by my side for years Volume 1. When Volume 2 came out, it was also placed by my side. Volume 3 will be right there as well.

Why? Because Erasmo is a genius when it comes to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and what God is telling us and showing us about ourselves in His Word Incarnate, Jesus the Lord.

These volumes will take the reader into the true depths of Scripture as God would have us!!!!

I cannot say it more clearly. Erasmo delivers us into the very Heart of Christ like no other author I have encountered. And I have read theology, Christology, etc. etc. books by the barrel for years and years.

Give yourself a blessing. Read, meditate and pray with Erasmo!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb completion to the trilogy 10 Mar 2014
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One of the most powerful, engaging, and scholarly spiritual commentaries I have ever read. This is a must for anyone who preaches the Gospel regularly. The personal enrichment gained from reading will benefit anyone who loves the Scriptures. This is an excellent resource which brings together the depth of the Christian Tradition, true knowledge of Scriptural studies, and the beauty of Christian culture and spirituality.
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