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The Reason Emmanuel has come to dwell With Us: Monday after Epiphany


Breakfast With the Word Monday After Epiphany



Matthew 4:12-17, 23-25




When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, He went to settle down in Capernaum. From that time on Jesus began to proclaim his message, “Change your ways: the kingdom of heaven is near” Jesus went around all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom, and curing all kinds of sickness and disease among the people.


The people brought the sick to Him and all those who suffered: the possessed, the deranged, the paralyzed, and he healed them all.


This summarizes his mission statement in Luke 4:18. :  “The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free. Therefore, this is the reason the New Born Child is here.


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The Reason He has come.



Jesus has come to teach and bring us closer to the kingdom. He has come to deliver us from the bondage of sin and infirmity. He is light that shines in the midst of darkness.


So His presence brings light. His presence in Capernaum as Matthew writes fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah 9:1-2, that the people that lived in darkness have now seen a great light. In essence, His words bring light for a life darkened by sin, and consolation for a life darkened by depressions and suffering.


Emmanuel has to come to dwell with us to bring healing, salvation and deliverance. Today, Capernaum experienced healing, deliverance, miracles and total salvation. This is the reason Jesus has come to dwell among us. His coming brings light that no darkness can overcome. Therefore, to receive Him is to receive light. When we become light, we can as well shine in the world and become living witnesses and instruments of touching souls for God.


What Jesus expects 


When Jesus went to Capernaum, there was a positive response from them. They immediately rushed to hear Him. He expects the same from us. When we hear that a prominent figure visited a particular place in our vicinity, many would rush just to have a glimpse of him.


We even know how it looks when people hear that a popular musician is attending a program. The crowd that will rush just to see him could be enormous. But when it comes to the things of God, weakness begins to invade our bones. We begin to give excuses on why we cannot kneel and have even one minute encounter with God.


Emmanuel has come to dwell with us. Those who rushed to Jesus today experienced His divine and healing power. In essence, no one can encounter Him and remain the same. When Jesus truly possesses your heart, there is always a total transformation.

Emmanuel has come to dwell with us. When Jesus comes to dwell, there is always peace of mind, healing of mind and body, healing of past hurts and healing of broken homes. He is here now with us.


So, what Jesus expects from us now is to accept Him and allow Him to truly dwell. He expects from us obedience and listening ear. Hence, He expects from us a total change of heart that will come from this obedience. Our positive response to this Divine Presence is needed for our own healing, salvation and revival.

Let us approach Him now in faith and total obedience.


May God bless you, dearest, heal us and deliver us from any bondage, as we continue to approach Him in faith. Amen


  1. Blessing Chilo says

    Emmanuel!!! Come into my heart and my home and take permanent possession for we are all yours oh God with us. Amen

  2. Chisom Egwudike says


  3. Liza says


  4. Margaretmary Azegbeobor says

    May the healing power of God rest on me and make me whole again. Amen. Emmanuel come and dwell in me and shed your light on every darkness in my life.


    Amen, May God Heal and Deliver me from this Back and Chest Pain I’m going Through.

  6. Mbama Christiana says

    Thank you Padre today’s reflection, may God continue to bless and strengthen you. Amen

  7. Ofoma Onyedikachi says

    Amen. Oh Lord, be the light that shines forth in life and let your presence dwell mightly in my soul 🙏🙏🙏

  8. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, God may your presence never depart from us both now and forever, Amen

  9. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Lord Jesus I thank you for another opportunity you have given me to be in a your presence. Father I don’t have any power on my own, I solemnly Lean on your grace to live a life that is pleasing to you and may your light in me continue to radiate in Jesus mighty name Amen

    1. Carmela U. Ekwem says

      Amen! & Amen! Thanks & God bless you too Fr for the msg. May God grant us the grace to always approach him in faith & total obedience… May he also heal us of our afflictions/sicknesses & deliver us from any kind of bondage as he did in Capernaum & may his light continue to shine on us, Amen!

  10. Olomu Chinedu says

    Amen. May God grant us the grace

  11. Nwoye Ngozi says

    Father, I pray to be steadfast in all about God. As we digest these words daily, may we always remember and practice them in our daily lives….Amen

  12. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says

    Amen and Amen

  13. Ibeawuchi Ugochi says


  14. Ugwuanyi Juliet Nneka says

    May his light shine upon us in Jesus name amen.

  15. Ogwa Oluchi Rose says

    Amen. .. May God help that we will always have the zeal for Him

  16. Emmanuel ChimezieChidoka says

    God bless you Padre.

  17. Anyiam Cornelia says


  18. Kubiat says

    Father in the name of Jesus, grant unto us a total change of heart to obey you above all things. Heal our infirmities and deliver us from the fiery darts of our enemies. Amen

  19. Precious says

    I pray for a open heart to receive Jesus so that I can partake in the healing and salvation that he has brought to the world. Amen.

  20. Precious says

    I pray for a open heart to receive Jesus so that I can partake in the healing and salvation that he has brought to the world. Amen. Good morning padre

    1. Onukwugha Florence says

      Lord Please, deliver me from every afflictions of the enemies…I need a total transformation oh Lord.. Stay Blessed Father..


    May God in his infinite mercy give us the grace to recognise and encounter him and to receive in abundance the graces and blessings accompanied with encountering him. Amen

  22. Blessing Anne says


  23. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says

    Amen. God please give me the grace to be more committed to you.

  24. Amara says

    Amen!!! Lord help me experience total transformation. I am willing and ready but not able. Lord please be my help. Amen!!!

  25. Ighekpe Agbodesi Winifred says

    Thank you God for coming into our lives help us to listen to you and follow your path,Amen.
    God bless you richly father, Shalom.

  26. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks Padre
    May God give us his grace to serve him fervently

  27. Ugwu Obianuju says


  28. Ifeoma Ugwueze says


  29. Helen says

    Dear Lord, please continue to dwell in our hearts, homes, families, nation and the world at large🙏

    God bless you richly Padre for the good work you do, are doing and will continue to do. May the presence of God not be far fetched from you. More grace!!!!!

  30. Harriet says

    Oh Lord dwell in me and my family

  31. ANGELA MADU says

    Out Lord Jesus came to us for our good, to liberate us,bless us ,give us peace and love that we need. Going to see a visiting musician or celebrity can never fetch us with all these benefits, rather ,we might get injured, loose our things and so on.
    Therefore, men has nothing to offer,but Emmanuel, our Lord Jesus has a lot to offer us.

  32. Ifeoma N says

    Father, give us your grace to imitate you in your mission of bringing the good news to the poor and freedom for the imprisoned and oppressed, Amen.
    Holy Mary our hope, handmaid of the Lord, pray for us.

  33. Rosemary Umeze says

    Amen. Thank you Padré

  34. Jude Uchenna Onah says

    That I may know You Christ Jesus more in 2022.

  35. Golu Chetachukwu Angela says

    Amen 🙏 Beautiful reflections, Padre.
    I pray that we act according to the expectations of Jesus in our lives, Amen. Thank you, Jesus, for this word.

  36. Peter Anthony Dodoh says

    Amen. Thank you Jesus

  37. Grace uchechi Okeke says


  38. Otokpa Elijah says

    Amen and thanks padre for blessing me with this message

  39. Adeline Chidimma says

    Amen. God for those that have given up in your word please Father show them your mercy and draw them closer to You IJN Amen

  40. Igwe Lilian says

    Lord Jesus posses this heart of mine that it will be free from negativity let your light shine in my life so that every darkness in me will give way may I represent you well here on earth so that at the end I will see you face to face, I asked this through Christ our Lord Amen

  41. Ibeawuchi Monica says


  42. Jacqueline Aforkpah says

    Amen 🙏. Thanks so very much for the reflection Fr. Sanctus. May his coming bring light in the dark side of our lives 🙏


    Breakfast with the word: Monday ago Epiphany:

    Jesus started his Ministry of Preaching the good news, healing and setting the captives free. All who came to him were saved. He is still with us : Emmanuel. He still gives that same salvation, heals and delivers those in bondage. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He has his arms spread waiting to embrace us with all these if we believe and turn to him.

  44. Modesta says

    Dear God give us the grace to accept you,and also the grace to allow you to dwell in us,do not allow us to get separated from you.

  45. Njideka Aguome says

    Above is the comment on Breakfast with the word :Monday before Epiphany

  46. Anujue Ifeanyichukwu Godwin says


  47. Ogechi Anugwom says

    The birth of our Lord Jesus Christ brings light and salvation to us.
    May that light continue to shine in our lives and family, may we also be the light to others around us in Jesus name Amen 🙏

  48. Ihekwoaba Janefrances says


  49. Regina Mobu says

    Amen! Thank you Father for all your prayers.

  50. Ada Ndubuisi says

    Amen. Heal me Lord. Heal my home.

    1. Onukwugha Florence says

      Father please Heal me and deliver me from every bondage. Also,Lord strengthen and increase my Grace… Remain Blessed Father..


    Amen. I come against all fears and hesitations in my life in Jesus name. AMEN. I Come to you Jesus in faith and obedience always.Amen.

  52. Dr Nicholas Onyia A. says



    May God strengthen me to be more closer to him so that he can totally transformation my life

  54. Ezeagu Anuli says

    Amen, may the light of God continue to illuminate our parts and lead us to live a righteous life



  56. Chibuzor says

    Lord Jesus may your will be done in my life

  57. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr.

  58. FloxzyUc says


  59. Chinyere Ezemelue says

    Our God is able. He heals the broken-hearted, sets the captives, heals the sick, raises the dead and walks on the sea.
    Emmanuel “God with us” is with me and I am a partaker in the light of Christ. Amen

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  62. Obika Chidimma says

    Amen, thanks Fr

  63. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Please, Emmanuel son of the living not pass me and my household need your healing upon our lives. Amen

  64. Dr Chinwe Agwoile says

    And a bigger Amen! Lord Jesus, You are welcome into my heart. Dispose me to appreciate Your presence. Cause me to engage in acts that will draw people closer to You. May Your light beam and shine in my life to dispel the darkness of sin that distances me from You. Make me an instrument of peace. Grant that love, strengthened by faith, may prove mightier than all the weaknesses and trials through which I sometimes pass. May we always have You at the Centre of my heart and home.So help me God! Daalu, Nnaa!

  65. Chikwendu Olivia says


  66. Constance Ugwuanyi says

    Amen. Thank you Fr. More grace in Jesus name… Amen.

  67. Kubiat says

    Amen. Please dear Lord come and save us

  68. Uche Okey says

    Amen,,, Thank you Fr.

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