Sunday, January 04, 2015
January 5, 2015 Monday
January 5, 2015 Monday
1 Jn 3: 22 – 4: 6 / Mt 4:12-17,23-25
Gospel Reading: Mt 4: 12-17
When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. He left Nazareth and went to settle down in Capernaum, a town by the lake of Galilee, at the border of Zebulun and Naphtali.
In this way the word of the prophet Isaiah was fulfi lled: Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali crossed by the Road of the Sea, and you who live by the Jordan, Galilee, land of pagans, listen: The people who lived in darkness have seen a great light; on those who live in the land of the shadow of death, a light has shone.
From that time on Jesus began to proclaim his message, "Change your ways: the kingdom of heaven is near."
Jesus went around all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing all kinds of sickness and disease among the people.
The theme of today's scripture texts is the Reign of God.
Matthew recounts that Jesus left home to settle in Capernaum to fulfill his mission, to start proclaiming the Good News that the Reign of God has started. He chose wisely to proclaim in Galilee because it was a densely populated place whose people were open to different ideas because it was at the crossroads of many destinations. Jesus taught in synagogues which was the center of life in any Jewish town. He was encouraging people to come back to God and stop walking away from Him. He was encouraging them to make a u-turn in their lives, to reverse their direction and to listen to the Good News.
In the First Letter of John, we are asked to believe in Jesus and to follow His teaching of loving one another as Jesus loves us. If we are truly the followers of Jesus, then we would live as we believe.
The Psalm reminds us that God reigns over the world not with the power of a tyrant but with the power of steadfast love.
Let us reflect:
1. Is your mission in life as clear to you as it was with Jesus when He left home to settle in Capernaum? If not, have a conversation with Jesus to find out what purpose He would like you to fulfill. If you have discovered your mission in life, do you go about your mission with full energy as Jesus does?
2. In which part of your life are you walking away from God? Do you hear His invitation to make a u-turn and come back to Him?
3. In what way could you imitate God's steadfast love of others especially those you find difficult to love?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILYPRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
CELIA CUNANAN ESPIRITU
GLEE & INDAY TECARO
IN MEMORIAM (+)
EMILIANO VILLEGAS (JAN 5, 1923-JULY 31, 1995)
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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