Reflection by Sister M. Albertine Stachowski, cssf
January 5, 2015 1 John 3:22—4:6; Matthew 4:12-17, 23-25
Yesterday we celebrated the feast of the Epiphany … Jesus is manifested to the world as “God with us”. Today … in a quick turn-around … we leave the infant Jesus and see Jesus as a young man … launching out on His own … ready to publicly begin His ministry. The Gospel tells us He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum.
By preaching repentance … proclaiming the good news of salvation … and restoring many to physical and spiritual health … Jesus created a good deal of excitement and developed a following.
The joy in the Gospel today is overwhelming. Through Jesus’ proclamation of the Good News of salvation … all nations will see great light. Through the healings from every disease and sickness … Jesus enhances the lives of the needy … and calls all to repent … to transform … and come to fullness of life.
Jesus offers people light from the darkness that surrounds them. His healings bring love and salvation.
The first reading references two essentials … belief in and commitment to Jesus.
We are believers … and … we are followers.
God’s love abides in us.
Let us … like Jesus … be a light in the darkness that surrounds us.