January 8, 2015 THURSDAY
1 Jn4:19 - 5: 4 / Lk 4: 14-22
Gospel Reading: Luke 4: 14-22
Jesus acted with the power of the Spirit, and on his return to Galilee the news about him spread throughout all that territory. He began teaching in the synagogues of the Jews and everyone praised him.
When Jesus came to Nazareth where he had been brought up, he entered the synagogue on the Sabbath as he usually did. He stood up to read and they handed him the book of the prophet Isaiah.
Jesus then unrolled the scroll and found the place where it is written: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives and new sight to the blind; to free the oppressed and announce the Lord's year of mercy."
Jesus then rolled up the scroll, gave it to the attendant and sat down, while the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he said to them, "Today these prophetic words come true even as you listen."
All agreed with him and were lost in wonder, while he kept on speaking of the grace of God. Nevertheless they asked, "Who is this but Joseph's son?"
Jesus' religious life revolved around the Word of God. Throughout his childhood and adolescence, Joseph must have brought him to the synagogue aside from talking to him daily about the God of the Old Testament. He learned the Scriptures by heart as evidenced in the numerous times he quoted the Scriptures. In the Gospel, he is invited by the director of the synagogue to read a passage from the book of Isaiah and to expound on it. This he does gracefully and effortlessly, thereby gaining the approval of his listeners.
Why did Jesus find it easy to expound on the Word of God? Because all his life he was told about the Father by his parents Joseph and Mary. For them, to transmit their faith in Yahweh God to Jesus was of utmost importance. Most parents nowadays do the opposite. They hardly mention the name of God and instead talk to their children about work, money, success, practicality, etc. They even transmit beliefs that are contrary to the Gospel. Some of them live immoral lives thereby providing bad examples to their children. No wonder a culture of death – abortion, corruption, cheating, immorality, etc. – pervades our society right now. If the parents have no faith, what will happen to their children?
We are called to be like Jesus and proclaim the Word of God. But we must first study it from our youth and truly make it our priority in life. In the first reading, St. John says that in order to overcome the world with all its temptations and deceptions, we must have faith and love. And the best way to attain them is by reading and listening to God's Word.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILYPRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
LEONILO R. ALFONSO
IN MEMORIAM (+)
CHAN CHING SING
Continuous healing of Agnes & Annika Bacani. Normal results of Agnes's body scan.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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