10 January 2019. Thursday after Epiphany
Reflection (Sem. Edgar R. Calma)
One of the inspiring characteristics of a good leader is being true to his / her words. For others, this could mean, “walk the talk”, “role modelling”, and “mean what we say and saying what we mean”. While others may call this as “witnessing”, “incarnation”, or where the words become flesh through one’s deeds and actions. Indeed, we all know that we need good leaders who are able to embody this very important characteristic because it speaks of the person’s integrity and wholeness of personality. He is someone whom we can truly trust, believe and follow without hesitation and with full conviction. He is a leader who will not manipulate and control other people because he is one with them through thick and thin.
Today, St. Luke presents to us how Jesus and His mission, written in the Scriptures is fulfilled in the midst of a people waiting for a messiah. “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” (Lk 4:18-19). But what is so striking in this Gospel is Jesus’ affirmation that by His proclamation of the passage it is being fulfilled at that moment. “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing” (Lk4:21).
We are all leaders in our own unique way. Some would really assume leadership roles in government, corporation, community or organization. While others would lead people through their opinions, advocacy, and social activities. But the basics of leadership are learned in our own family. It is in the family that we have learned and saw the embodiment of love, sacrifice and selfless concern; where we have seen the that words and deeds are one, consistent and congruent. There are other areas in life where we could experience the unity of words and deeds. It is always the aim of one, who would like to live a holy and virtuous life, that there is no dichotomy in one’s personality. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the ultimate image who has shown the world how to be true to one’s words and actions. He came to proclaim the message of God, but in doing so He Himself is the message. His life mirrors and reflects the message which is the unconditional and redeeming love of the Father. As Christians, we are all invited to be like Christ, one who is true to His words and deeds. This invitation is not a walk in the park, but Jesus accompanies and journeys with us along the way amidst the difficult roads and terrain of our lives.
The Gospel Today
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.