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Gospel Passages we find only in Matthew

Gospel Passages we find only in Matthew

Jesus Christ
Oral and written tradition
The Gospel of Matthew
The Gospel of Mark
The Gospel of Luke
The Gospel of John
The meaning for today

From ‘Notes on the Formation of the Gospels’, by John Wijngaards;
published in Background to the Gospels (Bangalore & Ann Arbor 1981)
and Together in My Name (London 1991).

The Gospel of Matthew contains much valuable information about Jesus and about his teaching which we do not find with the other evangelists. Regarding events in Jesus’public life, the following are proper to Matthew alone:

  • the healing of the two blind men - Mt 9:27-31
  • the promise of the primacy to Peter - Mt 16:17-19
  • the tax paid by Jesus - Mt 17:24-28
  • the story of Judas’suicide - Mt 27: 3-10
  • the guard at Jesus’sepulchre - Mt 27:62-66

Matthew also provides reflections on Jesus infancy (Mt 1-2) and testimonies about the resurrection (Mt 28:9-20) not found in the other Gospels.

Moreover, Matthew has preserved for us many teachings of Jesus which we would otherwise not know:


  • the city on a hill - Mt 5:14
  • the pearls before the swine - Mt 7:6
  • the wolves in sheep's clothing - Mt 7:15
  • the fruit of the fig tree - Mt 7: 16-20
  • the parable of the weeds sown among corn - Mt 13:24-30
  • the merchant who finds a hidden treasure - Mt 13:44
  • the merchant who finds the pearl - Mt 13:45-46
  • the net full of good and bad fish - Mt 13:47-48
  • the householder and his storeroom - Mt 13:52
  • the debtor who did not forgive his fellow - Mt 18:23-35
  • the labourers in the vineyard - Mt 20:1-16
  • the willing and unwilling son - Mt 21:28-32
  • the wise and the foolish virgins - Mt 25:1-13
  • the division of the sheep from goats - Mt 25:31-46


  • on reconciliation before the sacrifice - Mt 5:23-24
  • on avoiding oaths - Mt 5:33-37
  • on practising virtue in secret - Mt 6:1-8, 16-18
  • on taking up his yoke - Mt 11.28-30
  • on authority in the Church - Mt 18:15-20
  • on the value of celibacy - Mt 19:10-12

John Wijngaards

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