The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry/Ministering
to a Great Multitude
Matthew 4: 12-17, 23-25
his public ministry. Matthew has him preaching in a similar way to John the
Baptist: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” In the second half of
today’s gospel, Jesus’ activities are summarized. It can be said that all of
this is preparing the reader for the greatest teaching given by the master, the
Sermon on the Mount.
Prayer: Master, Teacher, inspire all who devote
their lives to preaching and teaching. Strengthen and increase the gifts of
your Spirit in them.