This Is The Word Of The Lord
Sunday January 26th, 2014
Born in Palestine sometime in the 1st century, St. Matthew is recorded in all four gospels and in the book of Acts, as being one of Jesus’s 12 apostles and also one of the four Evangelists. In the gospel of Matthew, he is described as a tax collector. However, parallel accounts refer to the tax collector that Jesus meets in Capernaum as Levi. Christians have long held that this was an example of “double naming”.
It is believed that Matthew authored the first Gospel of the Bible’s New Testament, known as the Gospel of Matthew.
Matthew is the patron saint of tax collectors and accountants. The Feast of St. Matthew is annually celebrated on September 21.
Today’s Gospel Reading
Matthew 4:12-23 NIV
Jesus Begins to Preach
When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali — to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:
“Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles — 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.”
From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
Jesus Calls His First Disciples
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. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.
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, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
Jesus Heals the Sick
Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.
What Does Matthew Mean?
Our reading refers to the very beginnings of Christ’s actual ministry and sharing His father’s word. But He can not accomplish the task alone, and so he sets out to gather those who would share this journey and mission with Him. He certainly knew what the future held for Him and I am certain He chose those who would serve God’s purpose for what would happen in not only the days ahead, but in the days following the moment when His mortal life would come to an end.
We read “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near – Matthew 4:17. And this is our instruction that we must come to God and beg His forgiveness. And we must not wait a moment longer than necessary, because we are not promised another minute in our own lives. Which is why we must treat each day we have as a gift and a blessing! We must never forget that the kingdom of heaven is at hand…..for each of us!
Our Second Reading
1 Corinthians 1:10-13 and 17
A Church Divided Over Leaders
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul?
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
Thanks Be To God!
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