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DG BookGospel: Mt 4:12-17, 23-25
When Jesus heard that John had beenarrested, he withdrew into Galilee. He left Nazareth and went to live 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 beyond the Jordan, Galilee, land of pagans: 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.” Jesus went around all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing all kinds

of sickness and disease among the people. The news about him spread through the whole of Syria; and the people brought all their sick to him, and all those who suffered: the possessed, the deranged, the paralyzed; and he healed them all.
Large crowds followed him from Galilee and the Ten Cities, from Jerusalem, Judea, and from across the Jordan.



Life becomes harder for those who have awakened the voice of prophecy. John has been temporarily silenced. It would be foolhardy for those following the same path to challenge authority this early. Jesus took the better part of valor.
He was prudent instead of being reckless. Thus He withdrew to the peripheries to strengthen the movement He was about to inaugurate and which John the Baptist prepared the way. He stepped backward, in order for Him to take
two steps forward later. Withdrawing does not always mean defeat. Recklessness must be tempered with prudence. Meanwhile, a storm is gradually rising in the confines of Israel. The powers that be unawares
will contend with this Jesusmovement in the not so distant future.


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