– Br. Michael, ofm
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 favour.’ – Luke 4.14-21
Jesus, the Anointed One
brings us good news
in the little ways of life,
in his word penetrating our living,
in our connections with one another.
Jesus, the Chain Breaker
proclaims release to us
declaring our sins are forgiven,
embracing us with dignity
honoring our worthiness.
Jesus, the Sight Giver
opens our eyes
to hope each day,
to the power of love,
to discover his beauty.
Jesus, the Freedom Architect
releases us from what is oppressive
with his endless mercy,
with his gentle peace,
with his life, death and resurrection.
Jesus, the Celebrating One
proclaims God’s favour in our lives
in all ways,
with much delight.
The Spirit of the Lord was indeed upon Jesus
and he has infused this Spirit in our living
calling us beloved,
showing us authentic living,
guiding us in relationship with God.
The power of the Spirit indeed filled Jesus
and is filling each of us;
let us be attentive to the promptings,
allowing holy wisdom to speak
so that in turn we move and act with the Spirit.
“filled with the power of the Holy Spirit”
help us to see that we too are filled with your Spirit
for we are vessels of you
bearing good news,
living freely in you,
seeing with clear vision,
releasing our burdens,
proclaiming your goodness and mercy
all the days of our life.
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