“Hearing that John had been arrested he withdrew to Galilee, and leaving Nazara he went and settled in Capernaum, beside the lake, on the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: Land of Zebulun! Land of Naphtali! Way of the sea beyond Jordan. Galilee of the nations! The people that lived in darkness have seen a great light; on those who lived in a country of shadow dark as death a light has dawned. From then onwards Jesus began his proclamation with the message, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is close at hand.’”(Matthew 4:12-17)
Christ is born!
The Gospel from Matthew, which we read on Sunday after Theophany, reveals to us the incredible secret of God the Father’s love for his creation and saving it from the darkness of sin. Evangelist Matthew narrates: “The people that lived in darkness have seen a great light; on those who lived in a country of shadow dark as death a light has dawned.” This “light” is the second person of God – the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah, who descends into the Jordan waters and accepts baptism to return them to their original purity.
- Bishop Mykola’s homily on the Sunday before Epiphany
- Sermon by Fr. Ihor Holovko on the Sunday before Theophany
- Carols Night in Perth
“Now the earth was a formless void, there was darkness over the deep, with a divine wind sweeping over the waters. God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that light was good, and God divided light from darkness.” (Genesis 1:2-4) Already in these first lines of the Holy Scriptures, we see that everything the Lord creates makes it light – similar to Himself – and simultaneously separates darkness from it.
Just as at the beginning of creation, the Lord God our Jesus Christ created the world through the actions of the invisible Holy Trinity, so even now through the visible Holy Trinity He gives us the opportunity to renew ourselves in His Holy Sacraments of Baptism, Chrismation, Holy Communion, Penance, Anointing, Matrimony and Priesthood. These Holy Sacraments, which are given to us by the Lord God and given according to our vocation, will provide us with the opportunity to find the Kingdom of God in ourselves. Amen!