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 16:1-20

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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