ISSL Reflections, January 3, 2021, Luke 4:14-22, Post 1

Last week we heard John the Baptist speak of the one who brings the Kingdom. This week we follow Jesus into his hometown synagogue and hear his reading words from the Isaiah scroll and his commentary on that reading.

What holds your attention in this passage?

Luke 4:14-22

Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?”

Jesus told those present, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

What meaning does that hold for us today?

I am wondering if the “today” Jesus spoke of was that day in Nazareth or might it include our day. What are your thoughts?

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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