This week’s readings are all from Matthew 11-12. Click here to see a full listing of each day’s reading and the full chapters of Matthew 11-12. Full readings of each day’s smaller segments of the readings will be posted on this site during the week..
When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their towns.
2 Now when John heard in prison about the deeds Christ had done, he sent his disciples to ask a question: 3 “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” 4 Jesus answered them, “Go tell John what you hear and see: 5 The blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news proclaimed to them 6 —and blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me!”
7 While they were going away, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 8 What did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Look, those who wear soft clothing are in the palaces of kings! 9 What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet! 10 This is the one about whom it is written:
‘Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way before you.’
11 “I tell you the truth, among those born of women, no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he is! 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and forceful people lay hold of it. 13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John appeared. 14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah, who is to come. 15 The one who has ears had better listen!
16 “To what should I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces who call out to one another,
17 ‘We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance;
we wailed in mourning, yet you did not weep.’
18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’
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