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Sunday, January 26, 2020

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3rd Sunday Ordinary Time

Isaiah 8:23—9:3
1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17
Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
Matthew 4:12-23

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there's nobody like jesus

"Reform your lives! The kingdom of heaven is at hand." —Matthew 4:17

Jesus was walking along a part of the shore of the Sea of Galilee used by commercial fishing businesses. He commanded two brothers to follow Him and leave behind their business, livelihood, families, and the only way of life they had ever known. They obeyed Jesus' command immediately (Mt 4:20). That this was not a fluke is attested by the fact that Jesus did the same thing at another commercial fishing business and two other brothers also left everything to follow Jesus (Mt 4:22).

There is something special about Jesus. His words are "spirit and life" (Jn 6:63), and His actions are the most powerful. For example, He didn't simply cure some diseases, He "cured the people of every disease and illness" (Mt 4:23). Jesus spoke, did, and was the Good News, that is, the Gospel. Jesus inaugurated a whole, new way of governing life. He called it the kingdom of God (see Mt 4:23).

When Jesus was crucified and murdered, "the gospel of the kingdom" seemed to have been defeated. Yet Jesus rose on the third day and showed that His Good News was stronger than death and that His kingdom would last forever (1 Cor 15:4; Lk 1:33). What are you waiting for? Follow Jesus and leave all else behind now.

Prayer:  Father, may I be madly in love with Jesus.

Promise:  "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone." —Is 9:1

Praise:  "He said to them: 'Thus it is written that the Messiah must suffer and rise from the dead on the third day' " (Lk 24:46). Praise the risen Jesus!

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Developing A Deep Personal Relationship with Jesus, order, listen to, or download our CD 52-1 or DVD 52 on our website.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 2, 2019

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