Re: Verse reading–Matthew 4:12-22 (day one). “When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he returned to Galilee.” (vs 12) “From that time he began to preach.” (vs 17) It must have seemed like a strange choice. To begin ministry in Galilee, the most secular part of the Jewish nation, the people most impacted by the Assyrian conquest generations earlier, the area furthest removed from Jewish orthodoxy and influence, was not what anyone would have recommended. “Galilee of the Gentiles” was what “proper” Jews called it. They thought Galileans were worthless and disinterested prodigals. But light always shines in the darkness. This will not be the only time that Christ reaches into the darkness to rescue people for whom others have lost hope. Jesus does not see with unbelieving eyes. Not places, not people. He sees potential. He sees the infinite possibilities of God. May He give us eyes to see and courage to shine, even to people who look like unlikely candidates for the grace of God.