January 24, 2016

The Gospel Today

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events
that have been fulfilled among us,
just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning
and ministers of the word have handed them down to us,
I too have decided,
after investigating everything accurately anew,
to write it down in an orderly sequence for you,
most excellent Theophilus,
so that you may realize the certainty of the teachings
you have received.

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.”

Reflection (Sem. Ivan Joseph F. Feniquito)

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The national elections in our country is near. The campaign period seems so hot! A lot of candidates are now preparing for it. Different propaganda are being used to catch the attention of the voters. Millions of pesos are flowing from the pockets of the candidates and their sponsors. What is the reason why candidates run for a public position? I hope not for self-interest, but for the common good of our country.

The Gospel for today speaks of Jesus being sent to us to proclaim liberty to the captives. Jesus presents Himself at the beginning of His Galilean ministry. Jesus declares His ministry in promoting the program of liberation for all. He wants us to be liberated from sin; thus, to come with Him in His Kingdom in heaven. He wishes to free us from sickness, ignorance from religion, fear of death. He is declaring His propaganda regarding His mission here on earth. He accepts the mission from the Father because of His great love for us. He knows that we are in need of liberation through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Let us continue to pray for our country’s freedom from corruption, slavery, poverty, crime, violence and selfishness. May we choose a leader that best promotes prosperity for our country, a leader that liberates us toward becoming a peaceful and holy country.

But, more importantly, we must focus our life on deepening our relationship with Jesus, who invites us to be free from things that enslave us. Let us allow Him to enter our life, giving us freedom. May we be free to listen to His word as it is being fulfilled in our hearing. Thus, in our words and deeds, we should be like Jesus, a help to set others free.

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