In the Gospel for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jesus leaves Nazareth. After the arrest of John the Baptist, Jesus moves for safety to Capernaum in fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah: “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death light has arisen” (Matthew 4: 15-16).  There Jesus begins announcing “the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4: 17).  This Good News gave his listeners and gives us reason to hope.  This News is a light to suffering people.  God cares for those in the darkness of physical and spiritual distress.  Through Jesus and the Church, God is rescuing the hungry, homeless, divorced, depressed, addicted, unemployed, racially profiled, and everyone who suffers.  How do you find hope when you are suffering.  How do you give hope to others?

 

 

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