Commentary for Sunday: 22nd January

Mateo 4, 12-23:

Sunday, 22nd January 2023 (3rd SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME)

Pope Francis wants this Third Sunday in Ordinary Time to be considered “the Sunday of the Word of God”. It is an invitation to every follower of Jesus that the light of the Gospel, the Good News of the Kingdom of God, be a message of joy and hope, and that this Word be at the centre of our lives.

When Jesus heard of the arrest of John the Baptist, he went to Galilee, to an area with a large number of Gentiles (non-Jews). St. Matthew tells us that Jesus’ preaching began there. His first words are: “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand”. And we will hear them on different occasions. He asks us to change our attitude, which is often uncomfortable for us. We are reluctant to leave our own comfort zone, our habits. We live better and calmer lives without taking into account our surroundings. We resist to convert, to leave our “securities” and go after him with confidence. To convert is to live the message of love, to make forgiveness a matter of course, to lend a hand to those in need, and to bear witness with our lives to the good news of God’s love and salvation.

Jesus saw some fishermen and called them to follow him. The first disciples felt challenged and excited. They were able to follow him in a radical way. And even in the midst of many difficulties, they live with him and learn the values of the Kingdom. It is no longer only Jesus who is the illuminating Light. Jesus tells them that they are the light of the world and the salt of the earth.

Do I consider myself a disciple of Jesus? Do I live as a disciple of Jesus? Does my life serve to enlighten anyone? Am I aware that I need to convert?

 

Juan Ramón Gómez Pascual, cmf

Do you consider yourself a disciple of Jesus?

 

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