- 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 26
At Jerusalem— Passion of Jesus.
The plot against Jesus (1-16) — four perspectives on Jesus’ death is expressed. Jesus knows that his death is inevitable. The leaders plot to kill Jesus. The woman anoints Jesus’ recognizing him as God’s anointed who dies in God’s service. Jesus’ statement in verse 11recognzies the poverty is existing until God’s kingdom is established. And Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus’ disciples betrays him.
The Last Supper (17-30) — Traditional Passover meal is converted into Jesus’ eschological meal with his disciples, predicting Juda’s betrayal, consecrating the bread and wine for his own body and blood, declaring God’s forgiveness and salvation.
Predict Peter’s denial (31-35) – Peter’s denial is the fulfillment of prophesy of prophet Zechariah (13:7).
Gethsemane (36-46) – In agony, Jesus prays at Gethsemane. He was accompanied with Peter and two sons of Zebedee, but Jesus was alone in prayer.
Jesus arrested (47-68) — Jesus’ arrest and what has happened around it is the fulfillment of the writing of the prophets. Matthew witness to the identity of Jesus as suffering servant, to what he come for, doing God’s plan, and to his mission, saving of the world. Betrayal of Judas Iscariot, denial of Peter, and passion of Jesus, were fulfillment of prophecy.
This is who Jesus Christ is to Matthew, and he witness to this Jesus to his Jewish community.
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.