Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.

When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he went back to Galilee.  He left Nazareth and went and settled in Capernaum, a lakeside town near the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali.  In this way, the prophecy of Isaiah was fulfilled,

“Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali,

the way to the sea on the far side of the Jordan,

Galilee of the nations,

The people that lived in darkness

have seen a great light;

on those living in the land of the shadow of death

a light has dawned.”

From that time, Jesus began his preaching with the message, “Repent, for Heaven’s reign is at hand!”

As Jesus was walking along the Sea of Galilee, he watched two brothers, Simon, now known as Peter, and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea.  They were fishers by trade.  Jesus said

to them, “Come follow me and I will make you fishers of people.” They immediately abandoned their nets and began to follow Jesus.

Jesus walked along farther and caught sight of two other brothers, James and John, begot of Zebedee.  They too were in their boat, getting their nets in order with their father Zebedee.  Jesus called them, and immediately they abandoned boat and father to follow Jesus.  Jesus toured all of Galilee teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kindom and healing all kinds of diseases and sicknesses among the people.

The Good News as spoken through Matthew.

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