January 7 – Monday
Monday after Epiphany
Gospel: MT 4:12-17, 23-25
When Jesus hears that John the Baptist has been arrested, he thinks that he might suffer the same fate so he leaves Nazareth and goes to Galilee, seeking greater security. He makes his home in Capernaum a lakeside town on the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali, old tribal names for parts of Palestine. In those days Galilee was at least half Gentile in population, half pagan in cult, and bilingual – the people spoke Greek as well as Aramaic. According to Matthew, when Jesus settles in Galilee he becomes a ‘light' for the people of those regions through his teaching and healing.
Here we are at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. He leaves Nazareth and settles in Capernaum, a busy fishing and trading centre on the Sea of Galilee. His call to repentance is identical to that of John the Baptist.
He is a late starter, a young man in a hurry. His hero, John, has been beheaded and he realises his time may be short. He ministers to large crowds, proclaiming the Good News of the reign of God, healing all kinds of sickness and exorcising demons.
Prayer: (all together)
Jesus, I believe that you are a healer God. I pray for all those who are sick especially the sick members of my family….(in silence mention their names)—. I pray for those in need. I acknowledge my own neediness and humbly ask for healing. In Jesus name. Amen