January 23, 2016

3rd Sunday - C


Today … In Your Hearing …

Jesus came to Nazareth anointed and sent by “the Spirit of the Lord.”

To his neighbors, Jesus proclaims, “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”

God's salvation – glad tidings to the poor, liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind, freedom to the oppressed, and a year acceptable to the Lord – is fulfilled today, in our hearing. It is real, here and now.

Nazareth was an insignificant town of probably 400 people [1] . It was so insignificant that there is no mentioning of it in the entire Old Testament [2]. And outside of the Gospels, it is only mentioned for the first time in the 3rd Century [3]. (Next Sunday, as we continue with Luke's Chapter 4, even the people of Nazareth do not see themselves too highly).

To the people in this insignificant town, today, this Scripture passage is fulfilled in their hearing.

It is so with us. Today, God's salvation is fulfilled in our hearing, regardless of who we are.

And just like Jesus, as children of God, we have been anointed and sent by the “Spirit of the Lord.” We are commissioned to proclaim the same message to all people. May they know that it is today God's salvation is fulfilled in their hearing also.

[1] Scott Korb, Life in Year One, quoted by Wikipedia
[2] Catholic Encyclopedia, www.newadvent.org
[3] Anchor Bible Dictionary, quoted by Wikipedia 

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