Volume 2 of this inspirational trilogy was published in January 2004 and it's equally dynamic. Volume 3 is is eagerly awaited.
Although this highly readable book is quite scholarly, it's a welcome relief from contemporary Catholic theology which tends to be little more than hot air and/or poorly researched dissent.
Merikakis does something not many modern scipture scholars do - he is able to present a solidly critical interpretation of St. Matthew's Gospel and inspire the reader towards greater faith. So often commentaries get caught up in the minutiae and seem to be full of doubt and lacking in faith. The author begins with the orginal greek (always translated for his readers)and presents a wonderfully rich series of meditations which take into account the whole and the parts of this Gospel. This book is great for ordained clergy and non-ordained clergy alike.