- 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 14
Response to hostility and two miracle stories.
Hostility (1-12) –Herod the tetrarch was the Herod Antipas, son of Herod the Great. He ruled Galilee and Perea until 39AD by Rome’s consent. Herodias was his niece and wife of his half-brother Philip. He took her to be his own wife. And John confronted him with his behavior. Herod killed John the Baptist in fear of John’s power.
Feeding five thousand people (13-21) — Jesus withdraw from hostile place to solitary place. But the crowds followed him. Jesus demonstrated his life-giving and beneficial power, feeding the crowds. This miracle recalls the wilderness feeding for Israelites for forty years during their journey to the promised land, and Elisha’s miracle of feeding the people (2 Kings 4:42-44). Also it anticipates the last suffer and abundant heavenly banquet. “You give them something to eat,” is Jesus’ call for his disciples to a task and mission, to be God’s means of life-giving ministry.
Walk on the water (22-36) – the miracle of walking on the water is following the miracle of feeding five thousand people. These two miracle demonstrate who Jesus is. Jesus reassures his disciples with words that reveal God’s presence. As Emmanuel, God with us, Jesus talks and acts with the authority of God. They worshipped him and confessed, “truly you are the Son of God.”
And Jesus continues his ministry, healing the sick.
These two miracle stories invite us to have faith and to put trust in Jesus.
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.