THE LIGHT DISPELS DARKNESS

⏰MONDAY AFTER EPIPHANY

đź“‘1 John 3:22 – 4:6; Ps 2:7-8, 10-11 (R.v.8a); Matt 4:12-17, 23-25

🎤THE LIGHT DISPELS DARKNESS (cf. John 1:5)

Yesterday, we reflected on Jesus who came as light to all the nations. Today, we consider the practical way in which Jesus becomes that light to all.?

Matthew tells us of his mission into Capernaum in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, a territory that is further described as the Galilee of the Gentiles (see Matt 4:12-17, 23-25). For the evangelist, this was a fulfillment of a prophecy of restoration made in Isa 9:1-2.?

Consider a few details about that story. The place that Jesus went to is the Galilee of the Gentiles, which could otherwise mean the circle of heathens. He took the light to the heathens in their own land. Jesus does not just wait for us to come to him, he comes to us because he loves us and wants to save us.?

Again, see how far that light shines! He began to teach them, proclaim the good news to them and curing all kinds of sicknesses and diseases (Matt 4:23). Those were part of the things that formed the darkness of the people and Jesus helped them to overcome it.?

He is equally at the door of your life waiting to heal the darkness that threatens you, if only you will let him in.?

May the light of Christ lead you on this week and even beyond as you set out to resume your work this week. Amen.??

It is well with you.??

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