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I shall make you fishers of menSunday 26 January 2020: Third Sunday in Ordinary time

He went to Capernaum, that the prophecy of Isaiah be fulfilled

...The fact that the life and ministry of Jesus took place in Galilee helps us to situate him in his world, and in the designs of God. This northern extremity of the old kingdom, ‘Galilee of the Gentiles’ (district encircled by Gentiles) was a cosmopolitan crossroads of cultures, including many pagans in its population. Its people were bi-lingual, speaking both Greek and Aramaic – the common language of Palestine in the time of Jesus. Galileans were, not surprisingly, looked down upon by the nation’s establishment, centred in Jerusalem. In the designs of God, the world’s Savour came among us as one who shared the lot of a composite population with little standing and influence – ‘Can any good come out of Nazareth?’ (Jn 1:46)...

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series