January 23 2022 Gospel Reading and Reflection: Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21

A reading from the gospel according to Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21:

1 Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events that have been fulfilled among us,
2 just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning and ministers of the word have handed them down to us,
3 I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus,
4 so that you may realize the certainty of the teachings you have received.
14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news of him spread throughout the whole region.
15 He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all.
16 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
17 and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
18 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,
19 and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.
20 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.
21 He said to them, “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Reflection: The mission of Jesus

To follow Jesus means to take His mission as our own and to do what He had done. It doesn’t mean however that we need to be crucified like Him. To follow means to stay behind Him and allow Him to lead us. Although He is divine, He is also human like each one of us. His practical mission is something ordinary people can do. Bringing good news to the poor, proclaiming liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind, giving freedom to the oppressed and proclaiming a year acceptable to the Lord are doable mission of anyone.

Here are some suggestions that we can do in order to accomplish the mission of Jesus.
1. Sharing the good news of salvation to others
2. Giving alms to the poor
3. Donating clothes to those who have none
4. Giving homes to the homeless
5. Visiting the sick and prisoners
6. Showing interests to people can free them of their loneliness
7. If you have the means, you can heal the sick, fight for the right of the victims of injustice and work for the removal of unjust structures in society as well as promote policies that can solve poverty and illiteracy.
8. Praying for the needy.

Of course the above suggestions are by no means exhaustive. There are myriads of other small acts that one can do to promote the Kingdom of God.

See a more detailed reflection on the mission of Jesus here.

Gospel Reading and Reflection for January 23, 2022
Gospel Reading and Reflection for January 23, 2022

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