Seeking the Light

January 26, 2020
This Week’s Reflection

Seeking the Light

In today’s readings we find ourselves being drawn more deeply into relationship with Jesus. We are getting to know more about him as we see how he struggles with the news of his cousin John’s arrest. His first response is to withdraw, to leave Nazareth and go to Capernaum. There he is perhaps both consoled and challenged by the words of Isaiah that Matthew quotes: “the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, / on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death/light has arisen” (Matthew 4:16). Jesus contemplates his cousin’s death, perhaps his own death, and he seeks the light. Maybe it is these words of Isaiah that move Jesus out of his withdrawal and into action. He begins to preach, teach, cure disease and illness, and proclaim the gospel of the kingdom.

Readings: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

 


 

Buscamos la Luz

En las lecturas de hoy nos encontramos deseando una relación más profunda con Jesús. Lo vamos conociendo un poco más al ver cómo le afecta la noticia del arresto de su primo Juan. Su primera reacción es retirarse, dejar Nazaret e irse a Cafarnaúm. Es allí donde quizás encuentra tanto consuelo como reto en las palabras de Isaías que Mateo cita: “El pueblo que caminaba en tinieblas vio una gran luz. Sobre los que vivían en tierra de sombras una luz resplandeció” (Mateo 4:16). Jesús contempla la muerte de su primo, y quizás su propia muerte, y busca la luz. Tal vez son estas palabras de Isaías las que sacan a Jesús de su retiro y lo lanzan a la acción, pues él comienza a predicar, enseñar, curar enfermedades y a proclamar el Evangelio del Reino.

Lecturas: III Domingo Ordinario