Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me. - Mt 25:40

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Diocese of Monterey

June 2, 2013 | Sacred Heart Church

Reflecting on God’s Word

The book of Isaiah has been called the fifth Gospel, so often do the Gospel writers use it for proclaiming Jesus as Christ, the long-awaited Messiah and Son of God. In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus begins to move through his home territory of Galilee “in the power of the Spirit” (Luke 4:14), the same Spirit that descended on him after his baptism. He then goes to his hometown of Nazareth and to the synagogue on the Sabbath. A hush must have filled the room as he walked to the place of reading and searched the scroll to find this passage. They had been hearing about his time in Galilee and how all had praised his teaching. What would he say to them? He chose Isaiah’s words (61:1–2a) about one anointed by the Spirit who would preach good news to the poor, bring liberty to captives, and, at the heart of these lines, exercise a ministry of compassion, a reference to another citation from Isaiah (see 42:6b). […]

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