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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Matthew 11:1-30

Gospel Readings: Matthew 11:1-6 Matthew 11:7-19 Matthew 11:20-30 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Matthew 11:1-6 Today’s reading follows on the mission discourse, in which Matthew’s Jesus warns his disciples of persecution which will arise as they proclaim and enact Jesus’ way of generous community and nonviolent

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Matthew 10:1-42

Gospel Readings: Matthew 10:1-15 Matthew 10:16-33 Matthew 10:34-42 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Matthew 10:1-15 Today’s reading marks the beginning of the second major discourse in Matthew’s Gospel. While the first, the Sermon on the Mount, centred on the social and economic relations of communities participating

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Matthew 9:18-38

Gospel Readings: Matthew 9:18-26 Matthew 9:27-34 Matthew 9:35-38 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Matthew 9:18-26 Today’s reading tells a tale of two healings; a dead girl is restored to life and a woman who has been bleeding for twelve long years is restored to health. But

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Matthew 9:1-17

Gospel Readings: Matthew 9:1-8 Matthew 9:9-13 Matthew 9:14-17 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Matthew 9:1-8 We pick up the narrative this week with another story which Matthew has taken from Mark’s Gospel, and told it in a way which brings out what he wants to highlight

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Matthew 8:18-34

Readings Matthew 8:18-22 Matthew 8:23-27 Matthew 8:28-34 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Matthew 8:18-22 We have seen how the previous three healing stories recall the temptation of Jesus in the desert, and pose the question of Jesus’ relationship with authority. In the story of Jesus’ temptation,

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