Monday, January 7, 2019

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Monday January 7, 2019 WORD of the DAY When he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea. He went around all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness among the people. His fame spread to all of Syria, and they brought to him all who were sick with various diseases and racked with pain, those who were possessed, lunatics, and paralytics, and he cured them. (Matthew 4: 12-13/23-24) How shall I live this Word? The painful eventuality of separation from one’s own land and exile, shared by so many great men and women of history, did not spare Jesus either. And yet He did not endure it reluctantly, but He freely chose it and lived it: it is an unavoidable need of the Kingdom! Thus, “having taken the witness” from John the Baptist, He no longer has a land that can be called His homeland, He no longer enjoys the comfortable and reassuring presence of stable and habitual acquaintances but now opens His proclamation and His mission...