Good News for the Day, Monday, January 7, 2019 Monday after Epiphany 212 When Jesus heard about John’s arrest, he retreated to Galilee. He left Nazareth and moved—to live in Capernaum by the sea of Galilee (the region of the old Israelite tribes Zebulun and Naphtali) so that what had been said through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: Territory of Zebulun and territory of Naphtali—along the roadway to the sea—beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Others—the people who sit in their darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death a light has arisen. From then on, Jesus began to preach: "Repent, the Kingdom of heaven is at hand." He went around all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the Other Realm, and curing every kind of disease and illness among people. His fame spread out to all of Syria; they would bring to him everybody sick with various diseases and suffering serious pain, well as people driven by compulsions, crazy people, and those crippled with paralysis, and he cured them! From Galilee, the various cities of the Decapolis, Jerusalem and the rest of Judea, and even from beyond the Jordan, great crowds formed his followers. (Matthew 4) Here is the Matthew start of “ministry.” And it is your time and mine to start over—once again! to hear afresh and accept anew the call: “Repent! the Kingdom of God is at hand. Once it dawns on us that each day we start over in significant ways, we get it! Each moment forms fresh opportunity. Each decision involves this repentance. Repentance above all is how you look at the world—what you see, what you deny, what you respond to. It is both your clear vision to see and your readiness to respond. It is your choosing to be alive. To stay alive with heart aware, tender, merciful, self-denying and daring. To see the sicknesses of the world and do something about it. To visit the terrain of places unfamiliar—perhaps uncomfortable in the truths with which they challenge you. Repentance means to face the wounds of the world and bind them up, to hear the heartache, the paralysis, the crippled (PTSD) soul, the lonely widow and child—and do what you can with what you got—maybe just Presence, maybe Words, maybe Prayer, and maybe a Hug. It is the creative spirit of God within you that enlightens your behavior. That is your link to your mission—to be light in the land of darkness, and bring fresh illumination to the darksome world of woundedness. God’s message here—the Good News—is your call to heal with loving involvement.