The Gospel Today
Thursday after Epiphany
Lk 4: 14-22
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.
Reflection (Sem. Ivan Joseph F. Feniquito)
The scroll of the prophet Isaiah, announces the mission of Jesus for all mankind. It is the blue print of Jesus’ mission. “The spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for he has anointed me. He has sent me to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives and to the blind new sight, to set the downtrodden free, to proclaim the Lord’s year of favor.”
Upon reflecting on the Gospel, I am inspired by the mission of Jesus with regard to bringing good news to the poor; for me, though, it is more on proclaiming the good news to all people that I encounter, especially the poor (in spirit). I remember the time when I was the household head of Singles for Christ in our Chapter. In preparing myself for our household meeting, it was my duty to proclaim God’s word and the teachings of the Church.
In the seminary, I realize the value of preparation. To be an effective leader or priest, the seminary is the ground for me to prepare myself. In terms of proclaiming the word of God, I need to study hard to know and understand the message of God through the scriptures, and also I need to live out the Gospel. By the power of the Holy Spirit, I will be able to proclaim not my word, but the word of God.
Each one of us is invited by God to discover our vocation and mission in life; I believe that God has a plan for each one. God is the first to approach us but what is our response? Let us open our mind and heart to respond to God’s call for it is then that we find meaning, direction, and fulfillment in life.