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Theology for the common man

3th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, January 27, 2019

"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”. Those are the words we hear today in regard to the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus, who calls the authority of Isaiah the prophet and in person proclaims this in his native place of Nazareth during the celebration in the synagogue. This is not easy, to convince his kinsmen of this mission, but He must begin with them, giving them a chance and to move forward. He passed by the synagogues of Galilee, and later by the region of Palestine, following the tradition of the Old Testament entering their synagogues. The Old Testament is abundant with God's words, which contains the Law of God and prophesies proclaimed exactly in synagogues. The first reading speaks about the importance of this holy scriptures of Israel. Jesus calls the fragment of the prophesy of Isaiah and on the basis of it, at the beginning of His mission, wants to prove that He has come to fulfill them with His own words: “Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing”. His deeds and everything He spoke about of the Kingdom of God, seeing especially those abandoned by the religious authority of Israel of his time: poor, slaves, blind, oppressed; to all of them Jesus proclaims a new start of a jubilee, it means, a freedom of life in the grace of God. And He was so truthful in doing this that He convinced Luke the Evangelist, about this messianic mission of his Master, which Luke gave in testimony, that we read today at the beginning of his Gospel. This is why Luke decided to describe the phenomenon of Jesus, to let known to everyone and to help, to meet in Jesus, the gracious gift of God. This is also the task of each Christian who by his lifestyle, words and behavior should prove the truthfulness of the messianic mission of Jesus.