Christmas Tide (7th January, 2019)
First Reading: 1 Jn 3:22 – 4:6
Gospel: Mt 4:12-17, 23-25
In the Gospel of Matthew, when Jesus heard that John was arrested, Jesus when back to Galilee from Nazareth and settled in Capernaum. A lake side town on the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali. When Jesus settled in Capernaum, a lakeside town, The Prophecy of Isaiah was been fulfilled (Isaiah 9: 1-7.)
Jesus began his teaching from that moment with the message “repent for the kingdom of God is at hand”. He went around Galilee curing the sick and proclaiming the good news.
As his fame spread, all those who were suffering in pain and in diseases started to follow Jesus and Jesus cured them.
In the first reading from 1 John, it is assured to us that since we keep the commandments of God, we will receive what we ask of God.
Jesus healing the sick is the major reflection in today’s Gospel.
How do we implement it in our lives? we need to ask Jesus in prayer to touch and heal all those who deserve to be healed.
In our day to day life, we have the opportunity to heal many amidst and around us.
– May be a smile to a stranger in pain.
– Perhaps a word of encouragement to the one who is lying low in Spirit.
– Could be a touch or a pat and say “I can understand”.
– One extra smile or the word “sorry” heal the wounds and enhance happiness in a miraculous way.
Let the healing of Jesus flow through us every moment. Amen