Dear Church Family,
We see Jesus with a dream in the synagogue as He reads the Scripture, rolls up the scroll, saying: “Today these Words have been fulfilled.” We see Mary dreaming and pondering. We are aware of Dr. Martin Luther King’s constant dream that we now have to dream in order to make it a reality. So, when you dream, dream big.
As Jesus goes to the synagogue to begin His public ministry, we see Him getting up and reading from the prophet Isaiah in the scroll of the Sacred Word. These words are not only for Jesus and to be fulfilled by Him, but we see them as being fulfilled by us. These are words that could be spoken to each of us. Do they ring true in your life? “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.”
This dream of Jesus is carried out by Him in the Gospels. We carry it out when we feel that God’s spirit is upon us, that we are anointed, that we have glad tidings for everyone broken (including ourselves), to proclaim liberty to captives (We’re all captives in some way, have some addiction–judging others, thinking uncharitable thoughts, moodiness and unfriendliness in our homes). We have to recover our sight because we are blind, blind to many things in life. We’re even in prison and we have to let ourselves out.
In His Humanity, Jesus reveals a God who is approachable, present to us in all that is good and loving around us. This Good News of the Gospel calls us to embrace that Humanity and in our generosity, humility and joy, become Jesus for those around us. So, feel anointed and keep touching the lives of all around you. Alleluia!
Love, Fr. Bob