The wider context for last Sunday’s Gospel is before you. Jesus has returned to his home base, Capernaum. Beginning with the freeing of a paralytic, there are seven brief accounts, each no longer than eight verses. Four of these are healing stories, with remaining units reporting the call of Matthew, a comment by Jesus about fasting and the new wine, and a concluding statement about the profound compassion of Jesus.
You might divide the day and evening into seven parts, each one beginning with a meditation from this chapter. Among your appointments for the day, make seven brief ones with the Word of God. Surely even the busiest of days offers moments to read eight verses; it would only take a minute. If the Lord were to come up to you and ask, “May I have a minute of your time?” Would you deny him?
What are these?
I take heart: sins forgiven. v. 2
Glory to God for such p’wer v. 8
New wine into fresh wineskins v. 17
“Take heart: your faith made you well.” v. 22
This is the Second Week in Pentecost, Year A.(The first week occurred at the end of the season of Epiphany.)
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We continue reading the Gospel of Matthew.
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