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dc.contributor.authorAlexander, Andy, S.J.
dc.contributor.authorWaldron, Maureen McCann
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-28T21:04:10Z
dc.date.available2017-03-28T21:04:10Z
dc.date.issued2000-01-01
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/110377
dc.description.abstractText from the first four paragraphs of "Jesus, My Friend in Capernaum"|"When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee ... and went to live in Capernaum by the sea." Matthew 4:12. I often watched my friend, Jesus, when he first returned to us in Capernaum after John was arrested. Of course, whenever he was at home in Capernaum he loved the sea and its shores, but now I told my wife, Joanna, that there was something different about his early morning strolls. We knew him well and watched as he moved slowly, picking his way along the stony shore. He gazed south across the water in a distracted way. He seemed to be looking across to Tiberius but really, he was staring beyond it - almost as if he could see Jerusalem from the edge of the sea. As if the water had the answer to some unasked question. |How could he not feel John's arrest deeply in his heart? We all knew his cousin, John, with his disheveled hair and odd clothes. John had always made Capernaum a regular stop in his wanderings and had become loved by everyone. When we gathered around someone's table at dinner, Jesus and John would banter and laugh and tell family stories. All of us were part of wide-ranging discussions with good food and wine, and Jesus -- what stories he could tell! |News of John's arrest had traveled to us quickly and we were saddened by it. In our sorrow, Joanna and I held each other and felt again the unbridled power of the Roman Empire asserting itself on our land and our people. All of us hated the Roman soldiers and after hearing about John, there was a thick cloud of darkness that covered us all. I think Jesus joined us in that grief or maybe we joined his.|Then there was the morning after he had been at home for a few weeks. He was at the market holding a basket of fish and grain when he caught sight of me and greeted me warmly. Jesus had been to our home for a meal just the week before but no one had seen him for several days. His face looked different today and he seemed strong yet peaceful. He spoke to me and a number of us in the village that morning. Later he spoke at the Synagogue. He often taught there but now it had a different feel to it. He was bolder and it reminded me of the daring way John had spoken publicly. He didn't sound like John the Baptist - he just sounded like Jesus - but to Joanna it seemed as if Jesus wanted to take John's place. Then I started to worry about his safety, the soldiers and what would happen with this new boldness so I cautioned Jesus about it. He just smiled easily and embraced me and said he had his father's work to do.
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherCreighton University, Online Ministries
dc.rightsFeel Free to "cut and paste" any of these texts for Parish Bulletinss or Worship Aids. Simpy add this reference: "Taken from Creighton University's Online Ministries web site: www.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/online.html. Used with Permission."
dc.subjectContemplations
dc.titleJesus, My Friend in Capernaum
dc.typeText
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United States
dc.description.noteActual date of publication unknown. The date in dc.date.issued is arbitrary and used because a date is required for indexing
dc.url.link1http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Imagination/Jesus-Capernaum.html


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