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Matthew 9:9-13, 18-26 - Sunday Scripture Reflection

Updated: Jun 12, 2023

As we gather for the Second Sunday after Pentecost, we hear the calling of Matthew (also known as Levi, the tax collector) to join Jesus' group of disciples, followed by two stories of miraculous healing by Jesus. The focus of our Scripture reflection will be the healing stories of Jesus, as we consider God's compassionate love and healing of the broken-hearted and sick through the ministry of Jesus. We will examine the societal norms that would have told Jesus that his attention was being spent on people "outside the circle of concern," yet Jesus' actions proved God's attention is expansive and inclusive. How can we broaden our own practices of compassion and mercy toward others, as Jesus teaches in this lesson?

Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to Matthew. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (Matthew 9:9-13, 18-26).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • Read the assigned Scripture lesson for the week, and reflect on any words or phrases that might have caught your attention.

  • Read the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below. Reflect on the author's two statements: "In Matthew, God's power has always been associated with mercy." and "The healings also represent a crossing of social boundaries firmly entrenched within both Roman society and Jewish law." Consider these statements, especially in the context that tax collectors were not considered "nice guys" in first century culture, and yet Jesus calls Matthew to be one of his disciples. What is the significance of this calling?

  • Read the "WHERE..." paragraph below and reflect and respond to the author's statement, "We are all sinners, but the sinner who understands her need is different from the sinner who claims to need no assistance." How do you think pride and humility might be part of the author's idea of "needing assistance" and "claiming to not need any help?"

  • Read the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below and reflect on the idea of reaching out to "Jesus, who always has a compassionate heart." Do you feel that Jesus is always available to you, in your life?

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