Thursday After Epiphany
Malvern Minute


Thursday After Epiphany

January 9, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


First Letter of Saint John

Psalm 72

Luke 4:14-22

In today’s Gospel, Jesus returns to His hometown of Nazareth and since it was the Sabbath day went into the synagogue.  An official of the synagogue could invite any willing adult Jewish man to read the Scripture of the day and deliver a homily, or teaching on the subject of his choice.  On this day our Lord accepts this invitation.  He unrolls the sacred scroll and recites, “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.”  (Luke 4:18-19, Is. 61:1-2.)  This was Jesus’ way of proclaiming to all that He has begun His public ministry.

Friends, Jesus’ program of ministry is ours as well.  As His new disciples, we are to continue His program of ministry of proclaiming the good News of salvation, to open the eyes of those who are spiritually blind, to liberate those who are prisoners to sin and even to contribute to the social and political liberation of the poor or needy, deprived, oppressed and the exploited. 

Our Lord also teaches us that we are never to be silent whenever and wherever there is an occasion to speak with pride and sincerity before the people about God and His relationship with Him. 

Jesus taught us that it is our mission to love God with all of our heart, all of our souls and all our minds, and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.  We are not to give up on loving others even if the people around us don’t reciprocate.  Take time to read and reflect on todays Gospel of Saint Luke and you will find, just as those who heard Him speak in the synagogue, “And all spoke highly of Him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from His mouth.”

Question of the Day:  Can you easily and faithfully speak of our faith in God to others?

Prayer:  “God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son, so that all who believe in Him may not perish, but may have eternal live.”  (Communion Antiphon from John 3:16.)



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