Fulfilled In Your Hearing

Jan 22, 2019

Gospel Reflection, 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Nehemiah 8: 2-4a, 5-6, 8-10; 1 Corinthians 12: 12-30; Luke 1: 1-4; 4: 14-21

 Fulfilled In Your Hearing

All of us are familiar with inaugural addresses.  Jesus gives a kind of inaugural address when he reads from Isaiah in the synagogue at Capernaum.  He had spent forty days and forty nights preparing for his public ministry and his words would ring so true:  “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.  When all eyes looked intently at him, he said, “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Can we carry the torch and make Christ’s saving mission our own?  Yes.  Emphatically, yes, because Jesus entrusted it to the Church and because, by virtue of our baptism, we are a member of this Church.  How can we further the mission of the Church and help to build up God’s kingdom on earth?  We must first reject the evil spirits in our lives that seem so inviting or necessary in our lives, so as to live in freedom.  We must reject anything that leads us into lust, envy, gluttony, greed, pride, sloth or wrath. 

Jesus’ mission matched the words of his inaugural address to bring freedom to those held captive in webs of lies and deceit, and in addictive behavior patterns.  He offered mercy and forgiveness to those oppressed by their sins and accusers.  He befriended the poor and those who had poverty of spirit.  He enabled all to see plainly the truth of the beauty of the Father’s kingdom to come. 

Let us be a people of this light.  The Spirit has anointed you.  Let us together by our willing cooperation with his plan in our lives enable this scripture passage that we hear be fulfilled.

Father Tony