Matthew 22:34 – 23:39

Gospel Readings: Matthew 22:34-40 Matthew 22:41-46 Matthew  23:1-39 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Matthew 22:34-40 Having fielded a number of questions from different parties aligned with the ruling elite, Jesus now is questioned by the Pharisees. Here, one of the their lawyers asks Jesus a question in

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Matthew 22:1-33

Gospel Readings: Matthew 22:1-14 Matthew 22:15-22 Matthew  22:23-33 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Matthew 22:1-14 Today’s reading brings to us another difficult parable which traditionally has been read as an allegory—the king is God who is inviting humanity—some humanity—to share in the banquet of the kingdom of

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Matthew 21:23-46

Gospel Readings: Matthew 21:23-27 Matthew 21:28-32 Matthew  21:33-46 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Matthew 21:23-27 Throughout Matthew’s Gospel, the question of authority has been hanging in the air. The reader has known since chapter 7 that it is Jesus, rather than those aligned with the ruling

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Matthew 21:1-22

Gospel Readings: Matthew 21:1-11 Matthew 21:12-17 Matthew 21:18-22 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read:  Matthew 21:1-11 The climax of Jesus journey, which began in the imperial city of Caesarea Philippi (M6 16:13, 21) north of Galilee takes place here as Jesus enters Jerusalem. The references at the

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Matthew 20:20-34

Gospel Readings: Matthew 20:20-28 Matthew 20:29-34 Advent Readings: Isaiah 61:1-11 Luke 1:46-55 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Matthew 20:20-28 Our text today opens with “the mother of the sons of Zebedee” coming before Jesus to ask for positions of power on behalf of her sons,

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Matthew 19:16-30 – Matthew 20:1-19

Gospel Readings: Matthew 19:16-30 Matthew 20:1-16 Matthew 20:17-19 Advent Reading: Psalm 85 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Matthew 19:16-30 Today’s reading begins with a man who comes to Jesus with a question—“Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?”—to which Jesus replies, “Why

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Matthew 18:21-35 – 19:1-15

Gospel Readings: Matthew 18:21-35 Matthew 19:1-12 Matthew 19:13-15 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Matthew 18:21-35 Peter’s question of forgiveness here frames a parable which is set in the world of the ruling bureaucracy and its practice of tax farming. High level retainers like the first servant

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Matthew 18:1-20

Gospel Readings: Matthew 18:1-10 Matthew 18:12-14 Matthew 18:15-20 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Matthew 18:1-10 With the disciples’ question, “Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Jesus begins a series of teachings which make up the fourth such discourse in Matthew’s Gospel. The question concerns

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Matthew 17:14-27

Gospel Readings: Matthew 17:14-21 Matthew 17:22-23 Matthew 17:24-27 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Matthew 17:14-21 This episode shows the disciples’ powerlessness to bring transformation because of their faltering allegiance to the reign of God. A boy is brought to Jesus by his father suffering what some

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Matthew 16:21-23 17:1-13

Gospel Readings: Matthew 16:21-23 Matthew 16:24-28 Matthew 17:1-13 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Matthew 16:21-23 Peter’s declaration of Jesus as “the Messiah, the Son of the Living God” (16:16) is surely the high point of the Gospel so far. Peter, so Matthew’s audience understand, has at

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