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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Sunday 3rd (A) in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 4,12-23): When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, He withdrew into Galilee. He left Nazareth and went to settle down in Capernaum, a town by the lake of Galilee, at the border of Zebulun and Naphtali. In this way the word of the prophet Isaiah was fulfilled: «Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali crossed by the Road of the Sea, and you who live by the Jordan, Galilee, land of pagans, listen: The people who lived in darkness have seen a great light; on those who live in the land of the shadow of death, a light has shone». From that time on Jesus began to proclaim his message, «Change your ways: the kingdom of heaven is near».

As Jesus walked by the lake of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. He said to them, «Come, follow me, and I will make you fish for people» (…).

Beginning of Jesus’ Public Ministry

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, Matthew offers us a brief account of Jesus’ first performance in His public life, in which Galilee is distinctly mentioned as the "Galilee of the pagans"; as the place announced by the prophets (cf. Is 8.23; 9.1) where a "great light" will appear. Thus, Matthew reacts to the surprise of the Savior not coming from Jerusalem and Judea. From the very beginning, Matthew resorts to the Old Testament to discern even the ostensibly most insignificant details in favor of Jesus.

In the first place, there is the synopsis of the essential contents of Jesus’ preaching that desires to give a synthetic clue of His message: "Repent for the Kingdom (sovereignty) of Heaven has come near”. Then comes the choosing of the Twelve, with which Jesus Christ announces and starts up the renewal of the people of the twelve tribes, the new Israel convocation.

—In a few lines, Matthew, outlines before his listeners a first image of the figure and work of Jesus.