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.
Introductory Prayer: Lord, welcome into the temple of my
soul. I know that you will root up and tear
down, heal and sanctify, making there a holy and
righteous place that has always been intended for you.
Only you have the power to unlock the sanctuary of
my heart; only you build what will last forever.
I trustfully open my entire self to you now,
so that your words can shape my thoughts, so that
your love can penetrate my heart, so that no
disorder of soul may remain in me.
grant me a greater reverence for you.
Returned in the Power of the Spirit: The Spirit
appears in the world to unite heaven’s plan to
that of earth, and it does so here with every
move of Christ. Christ’s whole mission is nothing other
than the fulfillment of the passage he reads. Our
vocation in life is nothing other than fulfilling our baptismal
commission by the Holy Spirit. Our Lord shows himself,
therefore, to be no one-man show. He, the Son,
is sent and works in communion with the Father and
the Holy Spirit, and from here all his fruitfulness
and power flows. Our mission must truly make us
feel “sent.” It compels us to bear fruit through acts
of obedience and love. Heaven seeks to deliver its
plan to me in this prayer. May I be attentive
to all that the Holy Spirit prompts me to
2. “He Unrolled the Scroll…. ‘Today This Passage
Is Fulfilled in Your Hearing’”: Man is given a
response to the eternal question found in Revelation 5:2: "Who
is worthy to open the scroll and break its
seals?” Contemplate this solemn moment when the Word reveals
himself among men: Many could read from the scroll, but
only one was worthy to unlock its salvific power.
Many could recite the texts, but only one could
set them ablaze in their hearts. Many could preach with
fascination, but only one could satisfy their hunger for
the fullness of truth. Our words are an empty
breath without Christ’s voice; our labors are to no end,
if our actions are not Christ’s. Only one person
by right can change the human heart, and we
in truth can only be apostles when Christ is the
one who moves our hand.
3. All Were Amazed
at the Words That Came from His Mouth: The
precise nature of these words is not revealed to
us here, as if to mean that the person of
Christ himself is the revelation. Christ, in the totality
of his person, comes to lighten our burdens and
lift our spirits in a way no teaching, no miraculous
event, no cure left to itself ever could. Divine
providence has secured for us many goods in life, but
all goods fail us if they do not come
with Christ in all the power and intimacy that
Conversation with Christ:Lord, I seek
to revere you and honor you as the center of
my life. I work now with a holy ambition
to ensure your throne is firmly established in my heart.
Teach me to let nothing usurp what belongs to
you in my life. Let me not build a life
of empty self-sufficiency, lest I lose the experiences of
your power and grace I could have.
Resolution:I will visit our Lord in the Eucharist today
for the sake of honoring him for his greatness
and thanking him for his active presence in my life.