Sunday, January 27

Gospel for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time—Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21

“Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events 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 order 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.’”

  • What feeling do you get as you reflect on this event?
  • Are you in need of hearing God’s answer to an issue in your life?
  • Treat yourself to a quiet moment, put all other concerns out of your mind and just listen to God.

 

Heritage word—“Listen to the Spirit of the good God and do nothing until you have prayed to Him to know what He asks of you.”

(St. Julie Billiart, Spiritual Mother of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

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