Rev. Witherup, with his extensive knowledge of the Gospel of Matthew, covers all the major themes in a way that will instill in the listener a desire to read the Gospel and understand its message at a deeper level. He urges the listener to read the entire Gospel in a couple of sittings. He explains the problems of authorship, the setting in which it was written and the audience it was intended for. This background helps the reader of the Gospel to keep the big picture in mind and understand the particular passages that will be read during the liturgical year. This presentation will increase love for the Gospel. The outline provided is particularly helpful in keeping the well-focused. The Gospel explains the origins of Jesus, his teaching and healing mission, and the growing opposition to it. He explains the Apostles' role and the Church’s call to carry out the mission begun by Jesus and to deliver the story of Jesus to the ends of the Earth, making disciples of all nations.