May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

St. John Neumann

Learn more about St. John Neumann: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=70

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/010515.cfm

When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what had been said through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled: 

Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death light has arisen. 

From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 

He went around all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness among the people. His fame spread to all of Syria, and they brought to him all who were sick with various diseases and racked with pain, those who were possessed, lunatics, and paralytics, and he cured them. And great crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan followed him. 

“Repent, the Kingdom of heaven is at hand” – we do not know when Jesus will return and we do not know when our time is over here on earth. For us, the Kingdom of heaven is at hand, because we do not know – when it will happen – when our time is over. Repentance is our only guarantee of heaven, do not wait – it may be too late. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for forgiving me of all my sins. May my time here on earth be used for your will, desires and to profess your truth. In Jesus’ holy name, I ask for guidance and strength to proclaim your truth, Amen. 

I will give you all the nations for an inheritance.

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