Re: Verse reading–Matthew 4:12-22 (day three). “When Jesus heard that John was cast into prison He departed for Galilee.” (vs 13) There are some who believe that Christ’s departure to Galilee was a cautious move to avoid John’s fate. I am not convinced. Jesus was probably safer from Herod Antipas in Jerusalem than Capernaum. (Tiberius is close by) A more probable motive was courage, a willingness to “pick up the torch” once John’s ministry was complete. I am realizing how connected we are with those who have gone before us and those who will come after us. Serving God is a relay race, all of us running while we have the opportunity, pressing the baton forward, building on what others have done, counting on others to complete the race for us. If dangers and disappointments come (and they will) so be it. Sooner or later, all of us have to decide what is worth our life and run our part of the race with courage and without complaint.