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.” And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They also asked, “Isn’t this the son of Joseph?”
I would like to share with you three points for the application of the gospel of the day:
The Holy Spirit
Believers are essentially charismatic, inspired by the Holy Spirit in contemplation, they are fully in action. Jesus helps us to discern how a person of faith behaves, by his own life of the day. He is God led by the Holy Spirit, yet He prayed with His contemporaries, without showing any superiority. Through His knowledge of the truth, about Himself and also about the Father, He shared the divine will with them by explaining the purpose of His arrival on earth: the salvation of the world.
One day with Jesus
It is important that we observe his daily life. He is with his people, participating in their daily life. A person of communication and fellowship. Filled with love and compassion, he will not judge anyone, including his adversaries. He ignores them and goes along, unaffected by their behaviour, even if he is a little upset. Can we imitate his social life?
The Fulfilment of the Scripture
Many of us would like to be charitable and do good. For Jesus, it is the will of His Father, and the fulfilment of the Sacred Scriptures, that are more important than other worldly values, even human values. If we realise that we are called, consecrated and sent, we give great importance, like Jesus, to the fulfilment of the divine will. And the salvation of the world is closely linked to justice and peace.
Action of the day: Be a person of justice and liberator.
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)