"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God ... the light shines in the darkness, but the darkness did not welcome it" (Jn 1,1).
For the evangelist John the Word became flesh so that we might know the love of God, to be our model of holiness and to become partakers of divine nature. Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior sent by God to bring about a more just world.
He came to live among us
The Word was and existed out of time and from all eternity, but in an abyss of light God wanted to enter history and became man. The Gospel tells us this good news where Jesus of Nazareth came to tell us about the love of God.
At that time, the priestly class had obscured that law that God had given to Moses by carving them in stone. They were commandments granted out of love, to make the people walk towards the truth. Therefore, despite the voice of numerous prophets, that people, lacking guides, lost the knowledge of God, no longer heard his call and finding themselves at the mercy of idolatry, they abandoned themselves to sin.
Not only did Jesus of Nazareth become incarnate to let us know the Father who is in heaven, but he also came to free us from evil spirits and to reveal to us that the root of every infirmity and every disease is Satan. Jesus therefore came to defeat the devil's work to remove the darkness that obscured the face of God.
To carry out his evangelizing mission and reveal his divine nature, Jesus walked preaching the roads of Palestine, Samaria, Galilee and Judea, working through messianic signs. Matthew the Evangelist emphasizes the messianic signs and, in particular, the healing of the sick and the liberation from unclean spirits. Through his narration, Matthew offers us the opportunity to understand the power of Jesus over such spirits. Not only that, but through the many non-natural healings it highlights the breaking of God into nature.
Jesus wanted to form his disciples, to prepare them for their mission. The Evangelists present us a Jesus of Nazareth to whom all the forces of nature are subject. Like a healer, like the one who came to heal all our infirmities.
The evangelists recount in abundance the miracles performed by Jesus to manifest his glory first of all to his disciples, who believed in him.
Jesus, awakening a dead child, presents himself, as Mark tells us, as the Lord of life and death: the miracles of Jesus make evident the presence of God among men and of God's saving power.
Christ is Man, the center of attraction of the centuries, of every animated creature. In him the Father pours out himself, on him rests the fullness of the Spirit, it is from him that the source of life pours out, it is in his light that we see the light. Through him every man can receive pure light and know that mysterious energy that God has placed in the heart of man to run towards love and merge in the ecstasy of communion.
A special invitation
- The Servant of the Centurion [Mt 8,5-13]
- Peter's mother-in-law healing [Mt 8,14-18]
- The two blind men of Jericho [Mt 20,29-34]
- Healing of a leper [Mt 8,1-4]
- The blind man of Jericho [Mc 10,46-52]
- Healing of the paralytic [Lc 5,17-26]
- The ten lepers [Lc 17,11-19]
- Healing at the sheep's doors [Gv 5,1-9]
- Healing of the man born blind [Gv 9,1-41]
- Heals a man's hand [Mt 12,9-14]
- Heals King's official [Gv 4,43-54]
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