Gospel – Luke 1:14; 4:14-21
that have been fulfilled among us,
just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning
and ministers of the word have handed them down to us,
I too have decided,
after investigating everything accurately anew,
to write it down in an orderly sequence for you,
most excellent Theophilus,
so that you may realize the certainty of the teachings
you have received.Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit,
and news of him spread throughout the whole region.
He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all.He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up,
and went according to his custom
into the synagogue on the sabbath day.
He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.
He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
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.
Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down,
and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.
He said to them,
“Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Reflection on the Gospel
Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.
I am grateful that I am numbered among those that know Jesus and know that he is the Savior of the world.
I wonder what my day would be like if I woke up each morning with this good news in mind.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, too.
I can live each day proclaiming a year acceptable to the Lord.
I don’t have to use words to do this.
I can live each day using a little kindness to bring glad tidings to those I meet.
Saint John Baptist de La Salle – Pray for us.
Live, Jesus, in our hearts – Forever.