Thursday, January 8, 2015
Reflection: Luke 4:14-22a
Luke writes: “Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit.” Today Jesus returns to His hometown of Nazareth. Since it was Sabbath, Jesus immediately goes to the synagogue. As He enters, He is handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Jesus opens the scroll and finds the passage in Isaiah that begins with the words: “the Spirit of God is upon me.”
Take a moment and sit with those words. Do we believe that the Spirit of God is upon us? Are we able to recognize the Spirit of God? The gift and miracle is that God’s Spirit dwells within each one of us! Do you, do I, believe this truth? Do we trust that we are worthy to have the Spirit of God dwell within us?
Just as Jesus was sent to us by God, God also sends us to bring good tidings to all who are in need, liberty to those who are bound by shame or sorrow, and to help free the oppressed in our family, neighborhood or world.
Today we have a choice: to add to the darkness of our world or to be a ray of light to every person we encounter today. What will I choose to do? What will you choose to do? May God give us the grace we need to be light bearers!