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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Sunday of the 3rd Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

January 27, 2019

Sunday of the 3rd Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Nehemiah 8:2-4, 5-6, 8-10 ;

 Psalm 19:8-10, 15;

1 Corinthians 12:12-30 ; or  12:12-14, 27 ;

Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning and ministers of the word have handed them down to us, I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may realize the certainty of the teachings you have received.

Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news of him spread throughout the whole region. He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all.

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 and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
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.
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. He said to them, "Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing."

 

The Spirit of the Lord Is Upon Me

 

The famous poet Emily Dickinson in one of her poems wrote:

If I can stop one Heart from breaking I shall not live in vain If I can ease one Life the Aching Or cool one Pain Or help one fainting Robin Unto his Nest again I shall not live in Vain.


It means that no good intentions, no little acts of grace are unimportant. If you can make someone else's life even a little better, then your life is worthwhile.


In today’s gospel passage we see the inaugural address of Jesus as he starts his mission. After his baptism the Spirit led him to the wilderness where he was tempted to think of himself to give up or to step into the mission. He did not give up. After his first miracle at Cana, he was going to his home town Nazareth. His fame had reached there before he reached there.


People of Nazareth were expecting him in the Synagogue on that Sabbath day, because as Luke writes, “He went to the Synagogue, as his custom was, on the Sabbath day.” He stood up to read and the book of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. Taking the scroll he rolled it down and took the place where it is written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me.......”  Luke continues to write that- giving back the scroll he sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him, because only the teachers with authority sat down while speaking. His speech was very short. He just said, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled even as you listen” This was his manifesto, his mission.


Let us not forget that it is we, too, who are baptized and confirmed in the Spirit of God, filled with the Spirit of Jesus.


It is clear from the text read by Jesus in Nazareth what the Spirit should do in us.  We should allow the Spirit to do what he did in Jesus: bring good news to the poor, liberate captives, give sight to the blind, uplift the exploited, and proclaim God’s grace.


It means that whenever we find any human being not fully living up to his or her dignity, that wherever we find a fellow human being dehumanized, we should help him/her being fulfilled, whatever the reason for dehumanization might have been: psychological, spiritual, physical, medical economic or cultural. We should be like him, as far as we can, helping, enlightening, and uplifting.


Jesus is going to judge on this norm. In the end he will say, “There was a hungry man, another in the prison physically, psychologically, spiritually or economically, another without clothes of his personal dignity etc., what did you do?”


In the end he will say, “You met me dehumanized, exploited, disabled,  wounded on the way, or hungry in front of your house, what did do you, your community do?”


The disciple asked the master, “Can I place my hands in your hands and my ears at your heart?”


The Master asked, “Why?”


“To receive the blessing of your artistic hands and to hear the heartbeats of this great heart”


“You are stubborn, but I like this. Do as you wish.”


“I received the blessings of the artistic hands of my master and my heart started to beat in unison with the great heart of my master. Now I can start my creations of art.”


The life of the great artist Michael Angelo gives proof to the fact that the disciple made great artistic works.


Let us place our hands upon the hands of our Master Jesus and hear the heartbeats of this greatest lover.


Dr. James M L CMI


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