It’s the story of two disciples who, travelling back from Jerusalem to the village of Emmaus in the days immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus.
Gospel: Matthew 5:38-45. You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer.
Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of injustice,
to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
As Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people’.
Whatever happened on that day at the Jordan river when Jesus was baptized by John, Matthew’s story, one that he shares in common with Mark (1:9-11) and Luke (3:21-22) and John (1:29-34) emphasizes the uniqueness of the baptismal candidate, i.e. Jesus.
Gospel Reflections by Rev Canon Philip Wadham
Epiphany January 6 2011
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews?