Epiphany 2022, Gospel of Matthew, Day 33 of 58

Gospel of Matthew, Day 33 of 58


Matthew 17:1-13



12 But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” 13 Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.


In prophecies from the Hebrew Scriptures, the prophet Malachi foretells of Elijah as the forerunner to the Messiah, the Anointed One of Israel (Malachi 4:5-6). Jesus shares that John the Baptist is the fulfillment of this prophecy. It makes sense because prophecy is a mantle that Elijah passed to Elisha. It is the spirit of Elijah’s roles that matters here. 

In fact, Elijah does appear with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration along with Moses. Elijah represents the Prophets. Moses represents the Law. Jesus represents the fulfillment of both the Law and the Prophets, being God in the flesh.


I can witness the greatness of God in the world, and not appreciate it. I can see miracles of God, and overlook them. I can experience miracles and the greatness of God, but think God only belongs to me on my mountain. However, staying close to Jesus, I can begin to understand that God has a much big plan than I fully understand.


Lord, I confess my ignorance of your ways. Sometimes, I get caught up in everyday life. I overlook the great work you are doing. Help me cultivate gratitude that appreciates the wonders you perform in the world through the power of Your Holy Spirit. In Your Holy Name I pray. Amen.

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