Le 4 Janvier

Publié le 3 Janvier 2016

Évangile de Jésus Christ selon

saint Matthieu 4,12-17.23-25.


En ce temps-là, quand Jésus apprit l’arrestation de Jean le Baptiste, il se retira en Galilée.
Il quitta Nazareth et vint habiter à Capharnaüm, ville située au bord de la mer de Galilée, dans les territoires de Zabulon et de Nephtali.
C’était pour que soit accomplie la parole prononcée par le prophète Isaïe :
Pays de Zabulon et pays de Nephtali, route de la mer et pays au-delà du Jourdain, Galilée des nations !
Le peuple qui habitait dans les ténèbres a vu une grande lumière. Sur ceux qui habitaient dans le pays et l’ombre de la mort, une lumière s’est levée.
À partir de ce moment, Jésus commença à proclamer : « Convertissez-vous, car le royaume des Cieux est tout proche. »
Jésus parcourait toute la Galilée ; il enseignait dans leurs synagogues, proclamait l’Évangile du Royaume, guérissait toute maladie et toute infirmité dans le peuple.
Sa renommée se répandit dans toute la Syrie. On lui amena tous ceux qui souffraient, atteints de maladies et de tourments de toutes sortes : possédés, épileptiques, paralysés. Et il les guérit.
De grandes foules le suivirent, venues de la Galilée, de la Décapole, de Jérusalem, de la Judée, et de l’autre côté du Jourdain.

Le message

Après avoir fêté L’Épiphanie, l’Eglise nous propose cet évangile où Jésus commence à annoncer la Bonne Nouvelle : Le Royaume des Cieux est tout proche. En Jésus, Dieu a étable son Royaume et si nous désirions d’être membres dans sa Royauté, il faut nous convertir, c’est-à-dire, devenir vraiment enfant de Dieu.

En tant que chrétiens, nous devons amener les peuples de ce monde au Seigneur et si nous ne le faisons pas par notre propre nature (enfant de Dieu), il y aura une contradiction profonde de la foi chrétienne que nous profession. La foi chrétienne rassemble le peuple et annonce sans arrêt la Bonne Nouvelle de la présence de Dieu et elle l’identifie au monde.

Les mauvaises nouvelles peuvent d’être une cause de retirement et peuvent nous décourager, pourtant n’arrêtons pas à annoncer la Bonne Nouvelle.

In English

Scripture: Matthew 4:12-17,23-25

12 Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee; 13 and leaving Nazareth he went and dwelt in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: 15 "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles -- 16 the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned." 17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

23 And he went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people. 24 So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them. 25 And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and from beyond the Jordan.

The message

After the celebration of the feast of Epiphany, the solemn revelation of Jesus’ identity as God made man, interestingly by the strangers coming from four corners of the world, we are called to imitate Jesus in His humanity where His divinity is revealed. Every Christian who believes in this divinity in the humanity of Jesus, will certainly has to engage to enter in this divinity through Jesus’ humanity. This imitation of Jesus will infuse in our humanity all the aspects of divinity that God desires to share with us. Thus the life of Christian should be radically different from this world. The beautiful commentary of the day should be our own hymn as the action of grace to our God. Please read the below commentary and verify whether our own hymn would be the same and if this is not our own, it is the time for the conversion that Jesus announces in today’s gospel.


Odes of Solomon (Hebrew Christian text from the beginning of the 2nd century)
No. 15

"On those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death light has arisen"

The joy of those who seek its day
is like the sun:
even so my joy is in the Lord
since he is the sun to me.
His rays have raised me up,
his light has dispersed all shadows from my countenance.

Thanks to him I was given eyes
and saw his holy day;
I had ears
and heard his truth;
I had thoughts of knowledge
and with its aid I rejoiced.

I have forsaken the way of error;
I turned to him
and from him received abundantly of salvation.
He bestowed it on me according to his kindness
and his beauty has fashioned me.
In his name I have put on incorruptibility,
by his grace I have forsaken corruption.

Mortality has vanished from before my face,
the dwelling-place of the dead has been annihilated by my word,
immortal life has arisen in the land of the Lord.
It has been revealed to believers
and granted without reserve
to all those who put their trust in him.
Alleluia!

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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