Daily Reflection – 01/07/19
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 fulfilled: “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 news about him spread through the whole of Syria, and the people brought all their sick to him, and all those who suffered: the possessed, the deranged, the paralyzed, and he healed them all. Large crowds followed him from Galilee and the Ten Cities, from Jerusalem, Judea, and from across the Jordan. ( Matthew 4,12-17.23-25)
Preaching, teaching and healing. These were the three aspects of Jesus’ ministry. In reaction to it, we must move. Jesus traveled throughout Galilee teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News of the Kingdom, according to Matthew. Jesus also healed every disease. This was Jesus’ ministry. He is our example. This is our ministry.
Jesus preached about God and his love for us. It was the preaching of forgiveness. It was the preaching of how God loves us. It was his challenges to his audience to live according to God’s will. Isn’t that also what we are to do as Jesus’ church? We are to be different from the world to attract people to the gospel.
Jesus taught the big crowds. He used everyday life situations to teach people about the kingdom of God, about God Himself, and about how to treat one another.
We are all teachers of those who are coming up behind us. We are teachers where we live, work, and play. We are called to make disciples. We are called to teach by Jesus Himself.
Jesus healed because he had compassion. He cared. He loved. He wanted to change things so that people could understand the power of God. Jesus’ healing ministry is what we should be about too. We should be out there healing. We should be out there trying to unblock those things that block the light of God’s glory in people’s lives.
Preaching, teaching, healing. That was what Jesus was all about during His earthly ministry. He is our example. This should be our ministry. Preaching, teaching, healing
Prayer of The Day
Lord God, too often I forget that you have called me. Called me to be your light to the world. Too often, I feel inadequate for that task. Help me to see your call to me and for me. Use me as an instrument of your love and peace today so that I can make a difference in the lives of others.
Do we encounter our Lord like those who crossed his path 2,000 years ago? I can answer this question by looking at my life: Do I live more and more like Christ, or not? Do I appreciate and thank Christ for all the good he has done in my life? Do I want with all of my heart to be with Christ forever, on earth and in heaven? Where my heart is, there is my treasure. Like Christ, I am called to preach with more than words.