Although we have moved beyond the Christmas season, we are getting scriptural reminders this month of the mystery of the Incarnation. Today’s Mass includes the beautiful words from the prophet Isaiah: The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light.
The verse immediately following today’s first reading announces that a son has been born for us. We also get a repetition of those words in today’s Gospel reading from Matthew. The evangelist uses the excerpt from Isaiah to show how Jesus’ return to Galilee to begin his public ministry is in keeping with the prophecies.
That ministry is summarized: He went round the whole of Galilee teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing all kinds of disease and illness among the people.