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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Matthew 16:1-20

Gospel Readings: Matthew 16:1-4 Matthew 16:5-12 Matthew 16:13-20 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Matthew 16:1-4 Jesus is approached by the Pharisees and Sadducees, who come “to test Jesus.” This recalls Matthew 4:1-11, where the same word (peirazó) is used to speak of Satan’s tempting of Jesus.

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Matthew 15:21-39

Gospel Readings: Matthew 15:21-28 Matthew 15:29-31 Matthew 15:32-39 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Matthew 15:21-28 Today’s episode begins with Jesus in the district of Tyre and Sidon, where he is approached by a Canaanite woman who “came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord,

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Matthew 14:22-36 – 15:1-20

Gospel Readings: Matthew 14:22-33 Matthew 14:34-36 Matthew 15:1-20 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Matthew 14:22-33 After the feast in the wilderness, the disciples begin to cross the lake, while Jesus dismisses the crowds and goes up the mountain, to pray. In what follows, a number of

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Matthew 13:54-58 – 14:1-21

Gospel Readings: Matthew 13:54-58 Matthew 14:1-12 Matthew 14:13-21 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Matthew 13:54-58 As we pick up the story this week, Matthew has just finished narrating a series of parables usually called the “parables of the kingdom”, told to a struggling community on the

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Matthew 13:31-53

Gospel Readings: Matthew 13:31-35 Matthew 13:44-50 Matthew 13:51-53 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Matthew 13:31-35 Breaking up the parable and interpretation of the Sower, Jesus powerfully depicted the utter blindness of those who lived according to the dominant order, and the ironic wisdom of those

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Matthew 13:1-43

Gospel Readings: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 Matthew 13:10-17 Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 Straight after Jesus’ encounter with his family and “fictive kinship”—having made the point that the communities embodying God’s reign are centred around doing the will of God—he begins

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Matthew 12:22-50

Gospel Readings: Matthew 12:22-37 Matthew 12:38–45 Matthew 12:46-50 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Matthew 12:22-37 This week’s reading opens as “they”—presumably the crowds—brought to Jesus “a demoniac who was blind and mute.” The last time Jesus encountered someone who was blind, Matthew raised the question of

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Matthew 12:1-21

Gospel Readings: Matthew 12:1-8 Matthew 12:9-14 Matthew 12:15-21 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Matthew 12:1-8 Today’s reading narrates an incident which finds Jesus and his disciples in “the grainfields on the sabbath.” The disciples are not merely passing through the fields on their way to somewhere

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