Jesus acted with the power of the Spirit, and on his return to Galilee the news about him spread throughout all that territory. He began teaching in the synagogues of the Jews and everyone praised him.
When Jesus came to Nazareth where he had been brought up, he entered the synagogue on the sabbath as he usually did. He stood up to read and they handed him the book of the prophet Isaiah. Jesus then unrolled the scroll and found the place where it is written: «The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives and new sight to the blind; to free the oppressed and announce the Lord's year of mercy».
Jesus then rolled up the scroll, gave it to the attendant and sat down, while the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he said to them, «Today these prophetic words come true even as you listen». All agreed with him and were lost in wonder, while he kept on speaking of the grace of God.
Our Christian life is a witnessing life, a life which represent God and His love for us. God needs us, so that others may understand this divine love, through human encounters. God acts humanly through you and me. This is the only way to love God and reach God to the humanity.
The gospel says, ‘’as he usually did’. This is the model that Jesus leaves behind for our imitation. Being with God, made Him to be with people. To be with people in listening the Word of God and praying. Our life can never be an isolated salvific path, but a pilgrimage with others.
The second aspect is, ‘the Spirit of the Lord’. It is important to each and every Christian that we too be aware that this Holy Spirit that we have received in our baptism is active and alive in us. We should never be content in doing good deeds, rather search always, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the divine will and accomplish it. Jesus is telling us that He has come to accomplish the will of the Father.
The most important aspect of our Christian living is, to glorify God and through our words and deeds, make the whole world to glorify God. It is here, that we become the true witness of God’s love. Once our life is filled with love and mercy, people will certainly come to us and we have an obligation of leading this people to Jesus, just like Jesus who leads us to the Father.
Action of the day: be filled with love and mercy.
Daily Quote from the early church fathers:
Christ brings hope of release from spiritual bondage,
by Eusebius of Caesarea, 260/263-340 AD
"'The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me' (Luke 4:18 and Isaiah 61:1). Clearly this happened to those who thought that the Christ of God was neither a mere man nor an unfleshed and unembodied Word who did not take on a mortal nature. Instead they say he is both God and human, God in that he is the only-begotten God who was in the bosom of the Father, and man... from the seed of David according to the flesh (Luke 1:32). Thus, God the Word, who through the prophecy has been called Lord, speaks out this prophecy that is preeminent among other promises: 'I am the Lord, and in the right time I will draw them together'...
"Taking the chrism in the Holy Spirit, he, chosen from among all, appears as the only-begotten Christ of God. And the verse 'he has sent me to proclaim good news to the poor' (Luke 4:18), he fulfilled in that time when he 'was preaching the kingdom of heaven' and explaining the beatitudes to the disciples by saying, 'Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God' (Matthew 5:3)... And for those nations then imprisoned in their souls by the invisible and spiritual powers he preached release to his newly encouraged disciples... Therefore, he preached release to the prisoners and to those suffering from blindness who were those enslaved by the error of polytheism, and he creates a year that is acceptable, through which he made all time his own year. And from the passing years of humanity he provides days of created light for those close to him. He never kept hidden the age that is to come after the perfecting of the present. For that age will be a time much on the Lord's mind, being an age and day of requiting. For he will grant a change of fortune or a year of favor to those struggling in the present life." (excerpt from COMMENTARY ON ISAIAH 2.51.5)