"The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light," so declares the prophet Isaiah to a people sitting in great darkness.
This prophecy is given as a glimmer of hope and a sense of direction for a people in exile, who are despairing that their lives will ever be different, "The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light."
As the gospel begins, John the Baptist has been arrested, and Jesus, perhaps full of anxiety or confidence, moves to Capernaum, where he begins his public ministry alone. That work doesn't continue alone because immediately he invites people to walk with him along the way. They risk stepping out and leaving what they know to journey with this person who invites them into meaning and purpose and into light, as they heal and preach and learn together.
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