The Gospel according to Matthew 4:12-17
When he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what had been said through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled: “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death light has arisen.”From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Sunday Gospel January 26, 2020.
The Gospel According to Matthew 4:12-17
Jesus’ attitude obviously brings us back to ourselves. We are so often withdrawn into our Christian circles, our community, our parish, our Christian friends, etc. As if we were touched by the communion virus before that of the Mission. Someone said in an original way that in the Church we are very busy installing pipes, conduits and faucets, while the Lord invites us to run sources. The pool may be luxurious, but if there is no water what is it good for!
Jesus corrects us: “Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is near.” Change your hearts, transform your ways of acting. Let God guide your life. No doubt because, spontaneously, we are not turned towards God or towards others, but centered on ourselves. Society will only improve drastically if I start to change myself. Actually it is at the heart of their professional lives that Jesus will call the first apostles: Peter, Andrew, James and John. And we can already see a conversion beginning in their hearts. Jesus left the tranquility of his Nazareth. These four fishermen too will leave their boats, nets and fathers to dare follow this surprising Jesus.
And so Jesus teaches us evangelization. Let us take the time to contemplate Him. He proclaims Good News: the Kingdom of God has arrived! He teaches mainly in parables and finally he heals, he lets himself be moved by all the suffering encountered on his way. Do we take the time to proclaim, teach and heal by His will? Do we let ourselves be moved?
Have a good week in contemplation of Jesus!
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