Posted by: livingscripture | January 27, 2019

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Week 3 of Ordinary Time

 WORD of the DAY 

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.       (Luke: 4: 18-19)

 

How shall I live this Word?  

Jesus’ activity is untiring.  He goes through the sunny roads of Palestine.  He stops at the homes of friends or of those curious about His secret.  He goes to the synagogues, places of worship and of proclamation.  Now He is at Nazareth, in the synagogue of His town where He reveals the ultimate and great meaning of His mission.  The Holy Spirit has anointed Him, that is, conferred on Him the mandate of “to bring glad tidings to the poor…to proclaim liberty to captives”, above all, “to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord”.  It is a fundamental year in the legislation of Israel: it is a sabbatical time that proclaims that ‘faith in God becomes a new justice among human beings.’  The Father’s mercy becomes new life among His children.

Today, my prayer will be a song from my heart: ‘O Lord, forever will I sing of Your mercy’.

 THE VOICE OF Silvano Fausti, Biblical Theologian

Dante calls Luke ‘the scribe of Christ’s gentleness’.  In fact, he writes the Gospel of mercy.  “Become merciful as your Father is merciful” is the theme of all his work.

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