January 7, 2013
Matthew 4: 12-17, 23-25
Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.”
From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people. So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought to him all the sick, those who were afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, and paralytics, and he cured them. And great crowds followed him from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.
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Do You Hear the Knock?
A young man knelt at his bedside. It was not a sudden impulse but the result of long soul-searching. He decided the time had finally come to open himself totally to Jesus. There in the darkness of his room he expressed sorry for his sins and thanked Jesus for making it possible to have his sins forgiven. The next day he wrote in his journal: “Behold, Jesus stands at the door and knocks. I have heard him and now he has come into my house. He has cleaned it and now rules it.”
That story and Jesus’ words invite me to ask what area of my life still needs to be cleaned and ruled by Jesus.
It is one thing to see the land of peace . . . and another thing to tread the road that leads to it. —
—Excerpted from Action, by Fr. Mark Link, S.J. ©2000 RCL Enterprises, Inc., Allen TX. For more prayer resources from Fr. Link, please visit www.staygreat.com
Lord, you never grow impatient. You never take a day off from pursuing us. We take great comfort in knowing you always have your hand upon us and those we love. If there is any relationship, any decision, or any unsettled conversation that needs our attention, let us first come to you for direction. And should we need to change our way of thinking (“repent” which in the Greek literally means, “change the way you think”), we ask you for the courage and humility to do so.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
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