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3 Sunday in Ord. Time A

Sunday, January 26, 2020

While John the Baptist is in prison, Jesus leaves Nazareth in Galilee and goes to Capernaum, which lies between the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and from there He begins to proclaim the kingdom of God. In this way, according to Mathew the evangelist, he fulfilled a prophesy about his coming to those people: “The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death, light has arisen.” The original prophecy taken from the Book of Isaiah, in today's first reading, shows what “enlighten by a Messiah” for those people being in deadly darkness means: liberation from their slavery and spiritual death. Someone who knows the language of war can see those who were kept in captivity by the Midians with “the pole on their shoulders, and the rod of their taskmaster”. So now, with the coming of the Messiah they will be liberated from their yoke and it will shine the light of freedom over them. The appearing of Jesus Christ on the earth, with his preaching about the Kingdom of God has similar spiritual meaning of liberation for the people who are in slavery of sin. Through his salutary mission Jesus Christ enlightens the dark sites of the earth bringing them the way, the light, to be liberated from the slavery of sin and Satan. So far, Jesus calls some of his apostles, preparing them to spread the Gospel in the future to all the corners of the earth. In this way, the Gospel has reached also us, making an echo of his work of salvation.