Yesterday I sat down and read the entire gospel of Matthew. I'm preaching on Matthew this summer and feel like I don't have a good overview of the gospel. I came away with a feeling that Matthew's Jesus is really angry, hostile, irritable. It seemed to me that there were lots of passages where he talks about people being tossed into Gehanna, and he seems really hostile to the Pharisees. I remember studying the Gospel in seminary, but this didn't strike me then. I know that scholars think that Matthew's community was struggling against the Jewish community of which they had been a part (this is not the best way of saying this). I'm going to try to re-read the gospel this week and see if I have the same impression.
The other thing that surprised me was that Jesus quotes Hosea a second time God "desires mercy not sacrifice".