3rd Sunday in Ordinary Times

3 Sunday in Ordinary Times
Scripture: Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21

Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events that have been fulfilled among us,
Luke Anthologyjust 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
He went according to his custom into the synagogue on the Sabbath day.  Jesus, the Son of God, recognized his duty; being born as a son of Israel, to be in the synagogue on the Sabbath.  He knew he was to "keep holy the Sabbath", so he was where he ought to be.  His obedience to the precepts of the law, to the commands of God the Father, help us to recognize our responsibility as well, to gather as a community of believers and worship our God.  He not only follows the Law, but he also points out that he is the fulfillment of it. "Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing". These things from the prophet Isaiah were things that were said of the Messiah, so he not only subjected himself to the Law of God but he also says indirectly "I am the law giver", this Scripture is speaking about me.  So we are encouraged by the Son of God who humbled himself, taking the form of a slave, to also follow the precepts of God, we who are not God, because God himself; Jesus, did just that, followed the law giving us an example so we too could humbly follow our God  God bless - Fr. Jordan Turano, OP - Chaplain Molloy College

Saint of the Day: Bl. Filip Geryluk
Filip Geryluk was a layman and father from Zaczopki, Poland. One of the Marytrs of Podlasie. Noted for encouraging the others to hold their ground and protect their church.


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Luke Anthology, Donald Jackson with contributions from Aidan Hart and Sally Mae Joseph, Copyright 2002, The Saint John's Bible, Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission.  All rights reserved.

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