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Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word: Meditations on the Gospel according to Saint Matthew (3 vols.)

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, 1996–2012
ISBN: 9780898705584

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To the unstudied eye, St. Matthew’s Gospel can seem a terse narrative, almost a historical document and not the tremendously spiritual (and doctrinal) storehouse that it is.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 these three volumes on Matthew, 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.

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!” These volumes help the reader experience the heat of the divine heart and the light of the divine Word.

Leiva points to Matthew’s Gospel as being deeply ecclesial because it is first Christological. 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.

The Logos edition helps you to study the Gospel of Matthew more thoroughly than ever. Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word will appear in your Passage Guide and Sermon Starter Guide as you study passages in Matthew, and you can read it side-by-side with any of your Bible translations. References to Church Fathers or saints in your library will appear on mouseover. With just a click, let your studies on Matthew take off.

  • Prayerful, biblical commentary on the Gospel of Matthew
  • Almost 2,500 pages of commentary studying the Greek text
This is a biblical commentary with scholarship and, above all, a prayerfulness that is a great gift to the Church.

—Sr. Wendy Beckett, OCD

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, professor of dogmatic theology, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary

  • Title: Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word
  • Author: Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Volumes: 3
  • Pages: 2,416
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Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word: Meditations on the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, vol. 1

  • Author: Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 746

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

The first volume covers the Gospel of Matthew chapters 1 through 11.

Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word: Meditations on the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, vol. 2

  • Author: Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 800

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

The second volume covers the Gospel of Matthew chapters 12 through 18.

Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word: Meditations on the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, vol. 3

  • Author: Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 870

The third volume covers the Gospel of Matthew chapters 19 through 25.

Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis obtained his PhD 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, Massachusetts. He is the author of Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word.

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  1. Sr. Julie Marie Benedicta
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    Unix

    1/12/2016

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  3. Brian Losabia

    Brian Losabia

    4/21/2015

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    This is a beautiful commentary on the Gospel according to St. Matthew. I like to read/ponder a section or two at a time, perhaps only covering a half dozen verses. Read the intro of the commentary to learn about the significance of the Aleph between the sections. :)
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    Beh

    1/29/2015

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  5. jkotecha

    jkotecha

    7/8/2014

    The title has Mercy. Is their any emphasis on this? In what form? I'm looking for books that might be of interested to people with the gift of mercy.
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  6. James Shoro

    James Shoro

    2/3/2014

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    My father-in-law highly recommended this to me. He said that it was "spiritually trans-formative" for him. I hope that it gets released soon! The price for the digital download is incredibly reasonable.
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  7. Antonius

    Antonius

    9/24/2013

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    The Associate Pastor at my parish recommended this to me, he has all three volumes, and loves it (so do the reviewers on Amazon). This commentary is done in a different way than a typical commentary. From the forward to volume 1: this commentary is a "lectio divina a meditative reading of the divine Word that is at once rigorously critical and deeply moving."
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  8. Jeremy Priest

    Jeremy Priest

    4/15/2013

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    If I could give it ten stars, I would! This is one of the most amazing commentaries on Matthew's Gospel! I'm so glad Logos is putting it together for digital use. I'm sad to see so few have pre-ordered it. Leiva-Merikakis is able to bridge the gap between rigorous intellectual engagement with the Greek text and prayerful contemplation. This commentary is akin to looking over someone's shoulder and hearing his thoughts and prayers as he does Lectio Divina with the Scriptures. Leiva-Merikakis brings you into the presence of the Lord and invites you to prayer. I wish this was a commentary on the entire Bible, but sadly it's only St. Matthew's Gospel — and not even all of it! Perhaps Leiva-Merikakis will be more prodigious as a Trappist monk than he was as a layman :) Highly recommended!
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