Matthew 20

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • 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 20

The life in the kingdom of God.

The parable of the workers in the vineyard (1-19) – This parable points to the life dynamic in the kingdom of God. The owner agrees to pay a denarius a day, and hires workers in different times, nine in the morning, at noon, three in the afternoon, and five in the afternoon. And the owner pays all workers the same wage. The complains from the workers who worked more than the others is based on perceived assumption, justice and fairness, the more work the more pay.

“are you envious because I am generous?” is the point in this parable. It is about generosity of God, generosity of the grace of God, generosity of God’s salvation. God’s generosity is culminated in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the salvation of all, regardless of social status, the first and the last. It is only generous grace of God that counts in the life of the kingdom of God.

Call to discipleship (20-28) — The mother of two sons asked Jesus a favor, high rank position in the kingdom of God. She perceived the position with ambition, power, prominence, and domination, one son in the left of king and the other in the right of the king.

Jesus responded her with the call to discipleship, “drinking from my cup,” “must be servant,” “must be slave.” This call to discipleship is to follow Jesus Christ who models this way of life in his suffering, death, and resurrection. His death reveals the sin of the world. His resurrection reveals God’s superior, life-giving power.

Blind man (29-31) – Jesus heals the blind man to see. This healing story is a discipleship call story. It is the story of powerful transformation, of mercy, of new sight, of new mind-set, following the way of the cross.

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.

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