FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Sunday 23 January 2022
Ordinary Time 3
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.”(Luke 4: 14-21)
How shall I live this Word?
Jesus begins his ministry in Galilee “with the power of the Holy Spirit” received in Baptism. He goes to Nazareth, enters the synagogue, opens the Scriptures. He, the Word made flesh, gives meaning to the Scriptures. He, the Word made flesh, fulfills the Scriptures. He, the Word made flesh, realizes what had been announced: the today of Salvation is here. “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled.”
Today. The call is here and now. Jesus no longer speaks of something that will to happen but of something that is happening. There are no more expectations, because the present is God’s time. The Good news is precisely this: everything we are looking for is already here and now, in the present time we are living. However absurd, tiring, and painful it may be, there is Salvation inside. In the events of life, in the faces of familiar people, in the daily routine, the today of Salvation is hidden. We often struggle to recognize it, but our faith helps us to say that God is here, that He is present and that He works in our lives. Let us not take refuge in the past, let us not run away into the future: today Jesus speaks to our life. In the light of faith, let us ask to know how to listen to His voice that speaks to us in the present.
Lord Jesus, grant that I may remain in the here and now of my life and recognize Your Presence. Help me to know how to read with the eyes of faith, the Mystery of salvation that guards my present.
The Voice of the Dalai Lama, Buddhist Tibetan Monk
There are two days in the year when nothing can be done, one is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, because today is the right day to love, to believe, to do, and especially to live.
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