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Gospel of Matthew - Chapter 21 Part 1

In this insightful episode of "Know Your Faith" with Fr. Michael Garcia, we journey alongside Jesus as he heads south towards Jerusalem, exploring Matthew Chapter 21's rich narratives and theological insights. We investigate the distinct approaches of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) and contrast them with John's Gospel, each revealing a unique perspective on Jesus' path to Jerusalem. Dive into the significance of Jesus' entrance into the city of David, how his arrival was prophesied, and why Matthew describes it slightly differently from the other gospels.


  • The episode discusses the journey of Jesus towards Jerusalem as detailed in Matthew Chapter 21.
  • Jesus has been traveling south, having crossed the east coast of the Dead Sea and gone through Jericho, before heading west to Jerusalem.
  • The Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) depict Jesus spending most of his time in Galilee, particularly in the town of Capernaum, with limited travel to Jerusalem. This contrasts with John's Gospel, where Jesus is seen frequently in and out of Jerusalem.
  • The movement towards Jerusalem signifies a theological point; Jesus' travels and ministry are leading up to this pivotal location. This culmination of events in Jerusalem is emphasized in the Synoptic Gospels.
  • The act of riding into Jerusalem on a donkey (or two, as Matthew uniquely narrates) symbolizes the arrival of a humble king, contrasting with the typical image of a triumphant king riding a horse.
  • Jesus teaches his disciples about the power of faith, suggesting that faith can move mountains and that prayers made in faith will be granted.