- 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 22
The parable of wedding banquet (1-14) — This parable is about God’s judgement, along with the previous two parables, the parable of two sons and the parable of the tenants. The kingdom of God is like a banquet. Banquets often image participation in God’s complete purposes. Wedding symbolizes the covenant relationship between God and the people. This parable concerns God’s dealing with Israel, Jewish people. The son is Jesus and the king is God. The king expands his invitation to all, Jewish and non-Jewish people. But king’s judgement comes to all who fail to honor the king, unfaithfulness to God.
Paying taxes (15-22) – The conflict between Jesus and the leaders, Pharisees and Sadducees, continues. The first conflict is about paying taxes. Paying taxes signifies loyal and submission to Roman empire. The Pharisees plans to plot Jesus in his words by asking about paying taxes to Roman empire. Jesus’ answer is to separate the loyal to Roman empire from the loyal to God. Disciples are loyal to God above all.
Marriage at the resurrection (23-33) – the second conflict is between Jesus and Sadducees who do not believe in the resurrection of the dead. They parody it with levirate marriage system in Deuteronomy 25:5-6. Jesus’ answer indicates that God’s future, resurrection, does not uphold present marriage system but creates a different world.
The greatest commandment (34-40) – the third conflict is about the greatest commandment that Pharisees test Jesus. Jesus’ answer quoting Deuteronomy 6:5 offers an extensive vision of a world by love relationship both with God and with each other’s. By answering this way Jesus criticized the leaders for failing to do so.
Whose Son is the Christ? (41-46) – Jesus challenges the leaders to recognize him as the Messiah, Christ, attested by King David and sent by God, to manifest God’s presence and God’s kingdom.
And no one dares to ask Jesus any more questions.
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.