IN THE LAND OF ZEBULON AND NAPHTALI
by Bishop Robert Barron
Our first reading from the prophet Isaiah and our Gospel are tightly linked, for St. Matthew, in articulating the meaning of Jesus, cites (as is his wont) an Old Testament text—namely, our reading from the eighth and ninth chapters of Isaiah. The prophet speaks of conflict in the land of Zebulon and Naphtali, and then of a great light that shines in that area, signaling the victory of God.
Reading 1 – Isaiah 8:23 - 9:3
Psalm – Psalm 26:1. 4. 13-14
Reading 2 - Corinthians 1:10-13. 17
Gospel – Matthew 4:12-23