Epiphany 3

The reading for Epiphany 3 (historic) is Matthew 8. Jesus heals a leper, then the slave of the centurion. It is followed by three very important verses which are not in the reading : The healing of Saint Peter’s wife, healing many people, and a commentary. “This happened to fulfill what was written by the prophet, ‘With His stripes, we are healed.'”
My question : Why isn’t this included in the pericope. It seems as if this is obviously part of the section – three detailed healings, news of many others, and a commentary by Matthew on the meaning of it all. Yet in the historic lectionary, the commentary is left out. Maybe that is a theological statement in itself…
I will ponder the meaning of it all, as I prepare for Sunday.


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