January 23, 2010


3rd Sunday - C
Luke 1:1-4;4:14-21

Today, in This Place, To This People "This Scripture Passage is Fulfilled"

Jesus returns to Nazareth, where he has grown up (1:16). And what is Nazareth? It's not that significant a town, since one of Jesus' comptemporaries later asks, "Can anything good come from Nazareth?" (John 1:46).

Yet, it is in Nazareth, in that humble town, Jesus proclaims the dawn of the Kingdom of God.

The message is for all people, including the residents of Nazareth. These very people do not seem to even deserve it. In fact, they reject Jesus and his message. Shortly after Jesus proclaims this message to them, St. Luke reports, "They rose up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town had been built, to hurl him down headlong. But he passed through the midst of them and went away" (4:29-30).

And the message of God's Kingdom is to be fulfilled today.

We, followers of Christ, children of God through baptism, are both the messengers and recipients of this message of God's Kingdom. In our lives, whoever we are, no matter where we are, God's message is fulfilled today.

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