Monday after Epiphany Lundi après l’Epiphanie

“The people who dwelt in darkness havs seen a great Light ; on those who lived in a country of shadow dark a death a light has dawned.”
Wednesday 25 November 2015

1 Jn.3,22-24,6 Ps.2 Mt.4,12-17.23-25

Monday after Epiphany

“Hearing that John had been arrested Jesus withdrew into Galilee,and leaving Nazara he went and settled in Caphernaum, beside the lake, ont he borders of Zebulun and Naphtali. This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah : ’Lord of Zebulin! Land of Naphtali! Way of the sea beyond Jordan! Galilee of the nations! The people that lived in darkness have seen a great Light! on those who lived ina coutry of shadow dark as death a light has dawned.”

When Jesus had discovered that John had been arrested, he decides to withdraw into Galilee, coming out of his obscurity and leaving his usual place. Jesus sets off, not to go to Jerusalem, but to go to the crossroads of the life of men and women of his time. Some years later, when he learned of the decapitation of John the Baptist, he will do the same thing. The same movement of openess , instead of being closed up in sorrow. Jesus will act. Christ is going to the lake side of Tiberiad, where life is buzzing, where merchant caravans meet and cross, where ideas go right left and centre. Jesus is reknowned throught the whole of Syria,and all the sick with different ills and torments, demons, lunatics, paralytics,are healed by him. Numerous crowd begin to follow him, from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judeas and Transjordan. This Good News rings out again deep down in our hearts, taking from here all its life, converting us to seek the ways of God. Wherever there is darkness, sorrow, death, Jesus puts his life, light and joy.

“From then on Jesus began to preach saying ’Repent, for the kingdom of Heave is close at hand.’He went round the whole of Galilee teaching in their synagogoues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing all kinds of disease and illness among the people.”

The crossroads of peoples’ lives will become the axis of his heart, the solid pivot around which all of His Love will be ordered. As we contemplate Jesus, we ask for ourselves, for our Church and for our communities to stand there, as Christ, listening, where the heartbeat of the world is beating. John the

Baptist and the martyrs follow Jesus in that they doidn’t hesitate to give their lives. These people,moved by the Holy Spirit committed themselves to follow Christ on the ways of God who saves us. ’Jesus, having loved his own till the end.’ He doesn’t look at what it costs to save us, it is the new Covenant in His own Body and Blood that will be poured out for us. it is this eucharistic covenant that we celenbrate every day thus the Holy Spriit orientates our life so it will blossom out as much as it can so as to accomplish the mystery of Jesus’ Salvation.

“His fame spread throughout Syria,and they brought to him all those who were suffering.”

Jesus continues in Galilee to teach us a new manner of living out Love, our realtionships one with another. These new relationships flow from the universal Paternity of God who creates a new humanism. We can be sure tha t we shall obtain from Him this gentlenes and docility of the new Covenant, letting the Good News shine in our lives , our life has become Light. We are this people who are suffering and who are poor, Jesus heals us. Our words can be words of Blessings ; our attitudes words of Tenderness; our gaze one of humility. Following Jesus we announce the Good News of the KIngdom,asking for the grace to be faithful to God’s commandments, that He may the first served in our life. It is the Holy Spirit who guides our life towards the whole of Truth. Jesus enlightens all we have to live. Thus the Will of God is going to act throughout all our actions and we dwell in the docility tot he Holy Spirit. God blossoms our human nature , giving it a balance and this is our happiness.

We ask for the grace to go right to the end of Love with Jesus.

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