AUGUST 30. Ord Time B. Wk 22. Mon. Lk 4. 16-30
Updated: Aug 30
Jesus came to Nazareth, 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 has been given to me,
for he has anointed me.
He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor,
to proclaim liberty to captives
and to the blind new sight,
to set the downtrodden free,
to proclaim the Lord’s year of favour”.
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 as you listen.’ And he won the approval of all, and they were astonished by the gracious words that came from his lips. They said, ‘This is Joseph’s son, surely?’
But he replied, ‘No doubt you will quote me the saying, “Physician, heal yourself” and tell me, “We have heard all that happened in Capernaum, do the same here in your own countryside.”’
And he went on, ‘I tell you solemnly, no prophet is ever accepted in his own country.
‘There were many widows in Israel, I can assure you, in Elijah’s day, when heaven remained shut for three years and six months and a great famine raged throughout the land, but Elijah was not sent to any one of these: he was sent to a widow at Zarephath, a Sidonian town. And in the prophet Elisha’s time there were many lepers in Israel, but none of these was cured, except the Syrian, Naaman.’
When they heard this everyone in the synagogue was enraged. They sprang to their feet and hustled him out of the town; and took him up to the brow of the hill their town was built on, intending to throw him down a cliff, but he slipped through the crowd and walked away.
In today’s Gospel we find Jesus reading the passage from Isaiah 61. 1-2 where the prophet is announcing the coming of the redeemer who is to free his people from their suffering; - a prophesy that finds its fulfillment in Christ.
After finishing the reading he then announced to the crowd his first declaration that he was the Messiah; - “This text is being fulfilled today even as you listen” but the crowd would not acknowledge his divinity as they had doubts commenting; - “This is Joseph’s son, surely?”
This attitude was a major obstacle and Jesus was aware of this which is why he said; - “I tell you solemnly, no prophet is ever accepted in his own country” because they could would not accept that the redeemer of the world was living among them.
He then went on to give two examples from the Old Testament where the right dispositions were rewarded; - to people prepared to believe. And to demonstrate the accuracy of Christ’s assessment; - they then took him to the brow of the hill, with the intention of killing him!
Gospel Acclamation Lk4:18
The spirit of the Lord is upon me:
he sent me to bring Good News to the poor.
First reading 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 ·
Do not grieve about those who have died in Jesus
We want you to be quite certain, brothers, about those who have died, to make sure that you do not grieve about them, like the other people who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and that it will be the same for those who have died in Jesus: God will bring them with him. We can tell you this from the Lord’s own teaching, that any of us who are left alive until the Lord’s coming will not have any advantage over those who have died. At the trumpet of God, the voice of the archangel will call out the command and the Lord himself will come down from heaven; those who have died in Christ will be the first to rise, and then those of us who are still alive will be taken up in the clouds, together with them; to meet the Lord in the air. So we shall stay with the Lord for ever. With such thoughts as these you should comfort one another.