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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today's Gospel has Jesus standing up in the synagogue in his home town, where he had grown up. He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. 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 the sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord."

Then Jesus rolled up the scroll and handed it back 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." 

That is all we read in this Sunday's Gospel and perhaps that calls us to reflect more on the words of Isaiah, but we also know that Jesus is going to be rejected by the very ones he has grown up with and loved.

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