(Mt 4:12-17)

The bearer of good news Matthew states that Jesus came to a town on the lake at the foot of the mountains because from there the prophet had said would come the great light that the people living in darkness, in the shadow of death, would see, a light that would dawn on them.

This is the same light that the bearer of good news John (Jn 1:1-18) writes about at the very beginning of his testimony. What emanates in and from Logos, God, is life, and life was the light of men. The use of ‘was’ here is important because he then says that the light appeared in the darkness and the darkness did not understand it. This implies that men had lost their focus on what is important, they had lost their minds, hence John the Baptist’s preaching of the cleansing of one’s focus so that men could once again see the light that emanates from the Logos, from God, from the Holy Spirit, the giver of life, and the agent of purification is faith in the light. This is what is most valuable, especially for those who perceive no value in the pettiness of the affairs among men determined by their will and laws which are out of focus; men who passionately engage in this kind of behavior do not know and understand the light.