Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus,so that you may know the truth concerning the things about which you have been instructed.
Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom.
He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
St. Ignatius encouraged those seeking to advance in prayer to ask a grace from God. Often I resist this sage wisdom for fear of appearing foolish. And yet, to ask in trust would offer God the chance to surprise me with a loving response.
When I visit home, my youngest nephew presumes that I will hug him and listen to his latest news. Cannot the Trinity be just as eager to respond to my trust?
In Luke’s passage today, Jesus has returned home to Nazareth and all are eager to hear his words. As the reading ends, the audience is poised as Jesus sits down to teach. In your mind’s eye, you can be there too. What question do you have for him?
Behold God beholding you … and smiling.
—Anthony de Mello, SJ