Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published on Jan 26th, 2019 by Parish Office | 0
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,…
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free. – LK 4:
18

My Dear St. Bernadette Family,

We have an interesting composite reading this morning. It starts with the first few verses of Luke’s gospel and then jumps ahead four chapters to the first appearance of Jesus at Nazareth. [We skip here the stories of Jesus’ birth, early life and baptism as we have had them recently in the Feasts of Christmas and the Baptism of the Lord.]

By quoting the prophet Isaiah, Jesus proclaims his own mission. The story about to unfold before us in the year ahead. Jesus tells us he is sent to the poor. Let us ponder for a few minutes the implications of this. He is not sent to kings, governors, wealthy and powerful, but to the poor, blind, and oppressed.

As this is his mission, so it must be ours. We will see developed throughout the year ahead this call to have a special connection with the oppressed and the poor. This is challenging for us and was lethal to Jesus. The rich and powerful are often resistive to real help for those in need as this threatens their own comfort. The “rich” are us. In proclaiming his mission, he is calling us to not only be amazed, as were his first audience, but to have a change of heart that leads us to seek his peace with justice. This is at the heart of gospel living.

With love,

Fr. Tom

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