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.
- Luke 4-14:22 (NAB)
I always try and imagine being with Jesus in those times. Can you even contemplate being in the synagogue and this man getting up and reading from the sacred scrolls and claiming the Scripture being fulfilled at that moment? Actually, I'm surprised they didn't boo and hiss and throw him out, but that will come later!
The words, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me ... and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord," sounds like a good New Year's resolution. I rarely make any resolutions because I only seem to set myself up for failure, but in reading today's Gospel, those two lines just grabbed me. Isn't the Spirit of the Lord upon all of us? And couldn't we all proclaim this year to be acceptable to the Lord?
Dang! What have I gotten myself into?