Epiphany 2022, Gospel of Matthew, Days 50 to 58

  1. Gospel of Matthew, Day 50 of 58

February 21 – Matthew 25:14-30

Reading

https://bible.oremus.org/?ql=513224176

Scripture

15to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. 17In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

Observation

Those who offer their talents more receive more blessings.

Application

How can I offer my talents for great impact in the Kingdom of God.

Prayer

Dear Jesus, grant me the confidence to offer my talents to the world. In your Holy name I pray. Amen.

  1. Gospel of Matthew, Day 51 of 58

February 22 – Matthew 25:31-46

Reading

https://bible.oremus.org/?ql=513224222

Scripture

34Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”

Observation

Seeing Christ in the eyes of our neighbors calls us to be compassionate.

Application

I see the need to be more compassionate to those who are incarcerated. The Oasis at Lowell Correctional Institute is a great ministry that we support at First UMC of Mount Dora.

Prayer

Almighty King, we honor you by honoring the least, the last, and the lost among us. In your Holy Name I pray. Amen.

Gospel of Matthew, Day 52 of 58

  1. February 23 – Matthew 26:1-25

Reading

https://bible.oremus.org/?ql=513224254

Scripture

20 When it was evening, he took his place with the twelve; 21and while they were eating, he said, ‘Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.’ 22And they became greatly distressed and began to say to him one after another, ‘Surely not I, Lord?’ 23He answered, ‘The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 

Observation

All of the disciples let Jesus down in his hour of need.

Application

How might I be humble enough to accept there are times I could let Jesus’ down?

Prayer

Lord, I am sorry for the ways, knowingly or unknowingly I let you down. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

  1. Gospel of Matthew, Day 53 of 58

February 24 – Matthew 26:26-46

Reading

https://bible.oremus.org/?ql=513224281

Scripture

41Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ 

Observation

The disciples fall asleep on Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane.

Application

What are the ways I can overcome spiritual fatigue? Staying close to Jesus through prayer, fasting, searching the scriptures, meeting with other believers, and remaining active in worship.

Prayer

Almighty God, watch over me that I may not fall into temptation. In your Holy Name I pray. Amen.

  1. Gospel of Matthew, Day 54 of 58

February 25 – Matthew 26:47-75

Reading

https://bible.oremus.org/?ql=513224311

Scripture

71When he went out to the porch, another servant-girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, ‘This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.’ 72Again he denied it with an oath, ‘I do not know the man.’

Observation

Peter denies Jesus three times. He is emphatic in his denial each time.

Application

How might I back away from claiming to follow Jesus’ in the face of threats?

Prayer

Lord Jesus, help me to stand strong in my faith with the aid of Your Spirit. Amen.

  1. Gospel of Matthew, Day 55 of 58

February 26 – Matthew 27:1-26

Reading

https://bible.oremus.org/?ql=513224333

Scripture

22Pilate said to them, ‘Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?’ All of them said, ‘Let him be crucified!’

Observation

He is the Messiah, but the crowd chooses a robber instead.

Application

How might the world choose criminality over righteousness?

Prayer

Lord God, for those who brazenly choose criminality over the respect for life. We ask that in your mercy you would hear our prayers. Amen.

  1. Gospel of Matthew, Day 56 of 58

February 27 – Matthew 27:27-44

Reading

https://bible.oremus.org/?ql=513224357

Scripture

32 As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry his cross.

Observation

Simon was from an area of Africa that corresponds to modern-day Libya. His sons were Rufus and Alexander. According to tradition they all became followers of Jesus Christ.

Application

I realize there are times where I may be asked to take on a great responsibility for the sake of the Kingdom.

Prayer

Dear Jesus, give me strength to carry the weight of responsibility for the sake of your kingdom. In Your Holy Name I pray. Amen.

Gospel of Matthew, Day 57 of 58

  1. February 28 – Matthew 27:45-66

Reading

https://bible.oremus.org/?ql=513224380

Scripture

50Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. 51At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split.

Observation

Jesus willingly gives up his life for the sake of the world to reconcile humanity to God.

Application

How can I better appreciate the supernatural power of God.

Prayer

There are times where I may feel that I have no control. However, your word gives me a sense of power and peace. Thank you for your great sacrifice that draws me closer to your Holy Presence.

Amen.

Gospel of Matthew, Day 58 of 58

  1. March 1 – Matthew 28:1-20

Reading

https://bible.oremus.org/?ql=513224439

Scripture

18And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’

Observation

The Great Commission calls us out into the whole world to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

Application

Dear Jesus, help me fulfill my calling to be an agent of healing and reconciliation.

Prayer

“Lord Jesus Christ,

you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross

that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace.

So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love,

may bring those who do not know you

to the knowledge and love of you;

for the honor of your name. Amen.” (from the Book of Common Prayer, p. 101)

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