January 22, 2016
Matthew 4:12-23
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Isaiah 9:1-4


Darkness to light
Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3

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Frank Ramirez
In the season of Epiphany, Jesus is revealed. It’s more than just a question of seeing Jesus. We are meant to perceive who Jesus is! These three texts open three different doors onto the same Christ. In Isaiah’s darkness we see the light of hope. In Corinth, where the Christian churches are anything but Christ-like, Paul shines a bright light to illuminate error. And Matthew uses the light of Isaiah’s scripture to show that despite the arrest of John his message continues, while Jesus expands it to include healing and hope.

Isaiah 9:1-4
This passage begins in darkness and murk, but now the prophet tells us that the people who have walked in darkness have seen a great light. Previously, the so-called fog of war obscured their sight. The failure of King Ahaz to hear the earlier messages of the Lord given through Isaiah is leading to political disaster. Even so, eternal hope springs! The brunt of war’s disasters fall most heavily on those who had least to do with war -- the poor, the people of the land, those furthest removed from making policy. Yet the blood-soaked garments will be rolled up, and joy will ensue. The things that really matter to ordinary folks, like the success of the harvest, evidently matter to God because that joy is being restored, despite the failure of their rulers. God abides in the ordinary things, the good things of this earth....

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