Date of Award

Winter 12-2016

Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Theology

First Advisor

Charles Bobertz

Abstract

The The paper, paper, paper, paper, MatthewMatthew Matthew Matthew’s “Least BrothersLeast BrothersLeast Brothers Least Brothers Least Brothers ” and Its Application in and Its Application in and Its Application in and Its Application in and Its Application in and Its Application in and Its Application in the Catholic ChurchCatholic Church Catholic Church Catholic ChurchCatholic Church Catholic ChurchCatholic Church, exams who exams who exams who exams who exams who “the least brothers the least brothers the least brothers the least brothers the least brothers the least brothers” are in the Gospel of Matthew. are in the Gospel of Matthew. are in the Gospel of Matthew. are in the Gospel of Matthew. are in the Gospel of Matthew. are in the Gospel of Matthew. are in the Gospel of Matthew. are in the Gospel of Matthew. are in the Gospel of Matthew. are in the Gospel of Matthew. are in the Gospel of Matthew. are in the Gospel of Matthew. are in the Gospel of Matthew. are in the Gospel of Matthew. 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Sec ond, Matthew 25:3 ond, Matthew 25:3 ond, Matthew 25:3 ond, Matthew 25:3 1-46 is considered 46 is considered 46 is considered 46 is considered 46 is considered 46 is considered 46 is considered the endend of of the fifth discourse of the fifth discourse of the fifth discourse of the fifth discourse of the fifth discourse of the fifth discourse of the fifth discourse of the fifth discourse of the Gospel of Matthew, the Gospel of Matthew, the Gospel of Matthew, the Gospel of Matthew, the Gospel of Matthew, the Gospel of Matthew, the Gospel of Matthew, the Gospel of Matthew, the Gospel of Matthew, in which which “the brothers the brothers the brothers the brothers” can only refers to all can only refers to all can only refers to all can only refers to all can only refers to all can only refers to all can only refers to all can only refers to all can only refers to all can only refers to all can only refers to all can only refers to all can only refers to all people people . Third, the reference of reference of reference of reference of reference of reference of reference of reference of reference of “the “the least brothers least brothersleast brothers least brothers least brothers least brothers” to all people is in accordance with to all people is in accordance with to all people is in accordance with to all people is in accordance with to all people is in accordance with to all people is in accordance with to all people is in accordance with to all people is in accordance with to all people is in accordance with to all people is in accordance with to all people is in accordance with to all people is in accordance with to all people is in accordance with to all people is in accordance with to all people is in accordance with to all people is in accordance with to all people is in accordance with the Christology of MatthewChristology of Matthew Christology of Matthew Christology of Matthew Christology of MatthewChristology of MatthewChristology of Matthew Christology of Matthew Christology of Matthew’s Gospel. s Gospel. s Gospel. Fourth, the present ourth, the present ourth, the present ourth, the present ourth, the present ourth, the present ourth, the present ourth, the present Catholic Catholic Catholic Catholic documents documents documents regarding social regarding social regarding social regarding social regarding social regarding social regarding social regarding social regarding social teaching cite Matthew 25:31 teaching cite Matthew 25:31teaching cite Matthew 25:31 teaching cite Matthew 25:31teaching cite Matthew 25:31teaching cite Matthew 25:31teaching cite Matthew 25:31 teaching cite Matthew 25:31teaching cite Matthew 25:31teaching cite Matthew 25:31 teaching cite Matthew 25:31 teaching cite Matthew 25:31teaching cite Matthew 25:31 -46 as a 46 as a 46 as a 46 as a 46 as a commandmentcommandment commandmentcommandment commandmentcommandment that Jesus that Jesus that Jesus that Jesus asks Christians to do charity asks Christians to do charity asks Christians to do charity asks Christians to do charity asks Christians to do charity asks Christians to do charity asks Christians to do charity asks Christians to do charity asks Christians to do charity asks Christians to do charity asks Christians to do charity asks Christians to do charity asks Christians to do charity asks Christians to do charity asks Christians to do charity for the poor and oppressed. the poor and oppressed. the poor and oppressed. the poor and oppressed. the poor and oppressed. the poor and oppressed. the poor and oppressed. the poor and oppressed. the poor and oppressed. the poor and oppressed. the poor and oppressed. Therefore, in Matt. 25:31 herefore, in Matt. 25:31 herefore, in Matt. 25:31 herefore, in Matt. 25:31 herefore, in Matt. 25:31 herefore, in Matt. 25:31 herefore, in Matt. 25:31herefore, in Matt. 25:31herefore, in Matt. 25:31 herefore, in Matt. 25:31 herefore, in Matt. 25:31 -46 “the least the least the least the least the least brothers brothers brothers brothers ” refers to refers to refers to refers to refers to the poor, poor, the oppressed or all people. the oppressed or all people. the oppressed or all people. the oppressed or all people. the oppressed or all people. the oppressed or all people. the

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