Matthew’s Gospel was written and shared with a small community facing difficult times. The author is intent on showing how those who were drawn to Jesus found new ways of looking at the lives they led and the inspiration and commitment to shape a new life as individuals and communally. Two millennia later the liturgical cycle of reading offers us the chance to explore how the Matthean insights can inspire and resource us today.
The day will draw on different approaches to reading scripture that have arisen in other contexts than ours, but which encourage us to read the text in and through our lives for new insights and invitations to see both our faith and our world differently.
Sue Richardson is Christian Aid’s Theological Education Adviser. In that role she works with those responsible for ministerial training and formation across a number of denominations. She is Roman Catholic and has been inspired by the Popular Reading of the Bible as practised in Brazil, a country she knows well, and by the readings of poor communities in other parts of the South which resource a commitment to justice and peacebuilding. Her work often includes exploration of how scripture resources and challenges the way we talk about and act on our faith in the world. She is a facilitator and trainer, a public speaker and preacher. Sue has worked for Christian Aid for 34 years, first as a member of Regional staff and latterly within the Policy Division of Christian Aid and alongside its Global Theology Advisers.