- 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 28
Resurrection of Jesus.
The resurrection (1-15) — Matthew witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus as the completion of everything, his identity, mission, purpose. Jesus’ resurrection shows God’s power and purposes to be more powerful than the power of the chief priest, teachers of the law, soldiers, and Roman government. By bribing the soldiers, chief priests and elders proved wrong what they accused Jesus. “This day,” was the time when the Gospel of Matthew was written about AD 60.
Jesus’ resurrection witness to God who was, is, and will be. The message of his resurrection turn fear and being afraid into joy. “This day
The great commission (16-20) — Risen Jesus commissions the disciples for worldwide mission, which is to witness to Jesus. “has been given,” denotes God’s action. Disciples, at Jesus time and present time, do not live for themselves. They are called to form a worldwide mission community of Jewish and Gentile disciples that live out Jesus’ teaching. Jesus’ presence strengthens and guide them to the end of the age.
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.