The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me

“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’”.

Today’s Gospel includes these amazing lines from Lk 4:15-21.

This scene is amazing because of its impact on the past, present, and future. The Lord

Jesus is reading from a scroll that went back to around 700 B.C., and had been

revered greatly by the Jewish people. He establishes that the present moment for his

hearers is the one that the prophet Isaiah was anticipating: “Today this Scripture

passage is fulfilled in your hearing.” And, it points to the future which is where we

(the Church) come in with an opportunity. This Scripture passage from Isaiah and, of

course, the Gospel can be fulfilled through us!

Yes, this presents an opportunity for the promises of Isaiah about the Christ to be

fulfilled in us. Today’s second reading reminds us that we are all baptized into one

body, the Body of Christ. Christ lives through us and in us! The Spirit of the Lord is

upon us. We have been anointed in Christ to bring glad tidings to the poor, captives,

the blind, and the oppressed. And, especially during our parish’s 100th year, a year

acceptable to the Lord!

Our local Church gives us a tremendous opportunity to fulfill Isaiah in Christ,

specifically to bring glad tidings to the poor. Over the next couple of weeks, the

Archdiocese of Washington will be asking for our financial help in its extraordinary

corporal and spiritual works of mercy. We can support their daily, heavy lifting at

Catholic Charities, Anchor Mental Health, with Black and Hispanic Catholics, young

adults, families, campus ministries, and tuition assistance for Catholic students and

inner city schools. Christ began these messianic works, the Church continues them in

His name, and we can share in them.

The Cardinal’s Appeal is not “just another collection”. It is an opportunity, especially

in our Jubilee Year as well as a Year of Mercy, to honor God and His promises. It is

an opportunity to give generously to God and His people because He has given so

generously to us. “Remember that each day is God’s gift to you. What you do with it

is your gift back to God”.

–Sincerely in Christ,

Fr Greg