24 Jan 2010
Today’s Readings: Neh 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10/LK 1:1-2; 4:14-21
The Gospel speaks of Jesus in a synagogue and is invited to preach. He chooses a passage from Isaiah, the one which illustrate the general program of his new mission. The passage from Isaiah fits Jesus perfectly. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,…he has anointed me to bring glad tidings,…to proclaim liberty and recovery of sight, to free the oppressed and to proclaim a year of favor.”
Christ is the fulfillment of the Scriptures, he points to himself as the fulfillment of ancient prophecy. The Scriptures or the Word of God becomes flesh and blood in Jesus Christ and will remain until the end of time. The Word of God will forever and will become relevant to all people of all time. The Word of God helps each individual in their very particular and concrete situations. The word of God is the sign of God’s love for every individual.
Just as Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promise of love, so we become living signs of the Gospel when we live and fulfill every letter of Christ’s teachings. We become the embodiment or Jesus’ effective witnesses.
Father Almighty, send your Holy Spirit, the Great Helper, to guide us in fulfilling lovingly our duty as Christ’s followers and friends. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.