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Sunday Scripture Reflection: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Updated: Jul 8

On this Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, we reflect on our busy lives and how our daily commitments can draw us away from a life of daily prayer and limit the time we can devote to listening to the voice of God. Our Scripture is a call to discipleship, and the words of Jesus challenge us to take time to reflect how we are being called to witness to the Good News of the Gospel in our times.

Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to Matthew. Our passage may be found by following the provided link: (Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30).

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

  • In this Scripture passage, Jesus tells the crowd about what he has heard people say about both John the Baptist and himself, for opposite types of behavior. In short, the people seem to be against them - reflect on these challenging words and what Jesus might be saying to the crowds.

  • Do Jesus' words seem to challenge the crowd, or simply confuse them?

  • After reading the "WHERE is God..." and "Now What..." paragraphs below, reflect on the nature of discipleship. According to Jesus, discipleship seems to "give us rest" as we journey with Jesus, but also brings "persecution" - what do you think of this?

  • After reading the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below, reflect on what part of a life of discipleship you might be called to follow.

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