Daily Word Of God
Jesus came to Nazara, where he had been brought up, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day as he usually did. He stood up to read, and they handed him the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll he found the place where it is written:
The spirit of the Lord is on me, for he has anointed me to bring the good news to the afflicted. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives, sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim a year of favour from the Lord.
He then rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the assistant and sat down. And all eyes in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to speak to them, ‘This text is being fulfilled today even while you are listening.’ And he won the approval of all, and they were astonished by the gracious words that came from his lips.
Today's Pointers on God's Word
As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?
- Jesus was “anointed” to bring the Good News to transform the sufferings of the poor, needy and afflicted into one of hope and salvation.
- We too are called to bring the Good News to others; depending on the power of the Holy Spirit to give us the courage and the wisdom to be God’s instrument.
- For the Spirit to work in us, we need humility, and like Christ, be filled with God’s love and compassion for others.