- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Matthew 1
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in the New Testament are also called the Gospel according to each name; Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Because each record to witness who Jesus is according to their own perspective for their own faith community (context). Matthew, Mark, Luke are called Synoptic gospel because they record with the same view on Jesus.
Matthew, the writer of the Gospel of Matthew, witnesses Jesus as Messiah in light of Jewish point of view and for Jewish community. Jesus is the Messiah Who Old Testament prophets prophesied long years ago.
The Gospel of Matthew begins with Jesus genealogy, pointing out Jewish root that he was the descendant of Abraham, the promise of God, the descendant of King David, born of King, and realization of prophet Isaiah’s prophecy; virgin birth, God’s Immanuel.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.