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Gospel Reflection

Why do we look at the speck in someone else’s eye
but ignore the log in our own?
The measure we use for others, God will use for us.

Jesus, you are the giver and the gift.

Gospel Reading - Jesus’ mission

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12-13When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he left Judea and returned homea to Nazareth in Galilee; but soon he moved to Capernaum, beside the Lake of Galilee, close to Zebulun and Naphtali. 14This fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy:

15-16“The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, beside the lake, and the countryside beyond the Jordan River, and Upper Galilee where so many foreigners live — there the people who sat in darkness have seen a great Light; they sat in the land of death, and the Light broke through upon them.”b

17From then on, Jesus began to preach, “Turn from sin and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”c

18One day as he was walking along the beach beside the Lake of Galilee, he saw two brothers — Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew — out in a boata fishing with a net, for they were commercial fishermen.

19Jesus called out, “Come along with me and I will show you how to fish for the souls of men!” 20And they left their nets at once and went with him.

21A little farther up the beach he saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, mending their nets; and he called to them to come too. 22At once they stopped their work and, leaving their father behind, went with him.

23Jesus traveled all through Galilee teaching in the Jewish synagogues, everywhere preaching the Good News about the Kingdom of Heaven. And he healed every kind of sickness and disease.

. . . . .Matthew 4:12-23
  1. Implied
  2. see Isaiah 9:1-2.
  3. Or “is at hand,” or “has arrived.”

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your name,
     your kingdom come,
     your will be done,
          on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
     as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
     and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
     now and for ever.
Amen.