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Epiphany

"Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."
(Matthew 4:19)

Third Sunday after Epiphany

Jesus Begins His Galilean Ministry

Mat 4:12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he returned to Galilee.
Mat 4:13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali--
Mat 4:14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:
Mat 4:15 "Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, along the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles--
Mat 4:16 the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned."
Mat 4:17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."

Four Fishermen Called as Disciples

Mat 4:18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.
Mat 4:19 "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."
Mat 4:20 At once they left their nets and followed him.
Mat 4:21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them,
Mat 4:22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

Jesus Heals a Great Multitude

Mat 4:23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.

[Mat 4:12] (vv. 12-25) This passage introduces the beginning of Jesus' public ministry in Galilee. The Galilean ministry is seen as a fulfillment of Isa. 9:1, 2. It is a ministry characterized by preaching, teaching, and healing (see chart, "The Miracles of Jesus Christ," Matt. 8:1). A summary of this ministry (vv. 23-25) is described by Matthew in subsequent chapters as the proclamation of the new era both by words and deeds (chs. 5-8) of Jesus. The ministry is life-giving (vv. 13-16), preparatory (v. 17), personal (vv. 18-22), instructive (v. 23), and successful (vv. 24, 25).

[Mat 4:13] Capernaum, a flourishing town by the Sea of Galilee and a city of many Greeks, becomes the base of operation for Jesus' Galilean ministry. From John's Gospel we learn that the Jewish Messiah is rejected in Jerusalem -- the center of Judaism. He flees Judea because of the aroused jealousy of the Pharisees, turns from Nazareth, and finally comes to Capernaum, where He calls Andrew and Simon Peter (v. 18) and James and John (Matt. 4:21), the first four of His disciples (cf. Mark 3:13-19; Luke 6:13-16).

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Readings for the week of January 29th
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
First: Micah 6: 1-8
Psalm: 15
Second: 1 Corinthians 1: 18-31
Gospel: Matthew 5: 1-12

 

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