Gospel Reflections

3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Sister Ellen McAdam

Published: January 24, 2016

Have you ever read anything that was life altering? How about anything that is life defining?

Take a moment and sit with the words “life defining.”

Now imagine yourself in the synagogue in Nazareth on the Sabbath day. Jesus stands up to read the Sacred Scriptures. You have heard on the street about his preaching; you wonder about this man who grew up in your neighborhood. What could he possibly say that would make so many “sing” his praises. He is handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah and reads,

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.

You sit with anticipation waiting to hear what Jesus has to say. Will he talk about giving alms or forgiving debtors? He does not; he sits down. You look around nervously to see everyone else’s reaction. They are all looking intently at Jesus, who says, "Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing."

What! Are you kidding? This man travels around teaching in synagogues all over the place. People everywhere are talking about how great he is and all he gives you is “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”  What awful luck!

You know what is significant: this talk is not about you. This talk is all about Jesus. This is Jesus’ life-defining reading! What is it that is defining your life?


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