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.
Lord, 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 is God-among-us.
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.
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.