Daily Office Readings for Friday aftetr the 3rd Sunday of Easter: Year 2
He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the lake, in the territory of Zebulon and Naphtali.” (Matthew 4:13)
I still remember looking from a boat to the coast of Israel, in particular, Capernaum. This is the first place our Lord Jesus went of his own free will and accord. Everywhere else, he was taken by his parents; to Bethlehem to be born; to Nazareth to be raised, to Jerusalem to be circumcised, back to Nazareth, to Jerusalem again at age 12 and even to a wedding in Cana by invitation and always back to Nazareth. But now, he left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the lake. I took a picture of Capernaum and Galilee of Israel and was so impressed with it that I made it the representation or icon of my blog page.
It is around Capernaum that our Lord Jesus walked along the shore and said to John and James; and to Andrew and Simon Peter; “follow me.” Capernaum then was his preaching and teaching area. I have discovered that Capernaum is only mentioned in the Bible in the Gospels. Therefore, Capernaum is Christ centric.
Our Lord Jesus bloomed where he planted himself. We too, in our very transitional world, move around a lot. I think now however we are beginning to see that we can pretty much live wherever we want to because we can reach out, or bring the world to our laptops wherever we are. This stay at home; work from home Coronavirus is showing us this new way of life. We too can bloom from right where we are. Our home town can, and should, become our “preaching and teaching area” for the Church.
Many preachers, including myself have been preaching to the world via “YouTube” during this stay-at-home pandemic. For me, there is also this blog page. Raeford, North Carolina is not Capernaum, Israel. But it is where I am planted. Where did you begin your life? Where are you now? What are you telling others about Jesus of Capernaum?
None of us knows where our Jerusalem is. None of us knows where our lives will end here somewhere on earth. We must always do the best we can wherever we are at this time in our life and let tomorrow take care of itself. Wherever you are right now, it is your Capernaum! It is your preaching and teaching area for the Church.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John