Thursday, January 10, 2019
Today, in Mercy, as our Season of Epiphany continues, Jesus reveals himself at his hometown synagogue.
He already has been preaching and working miracles in nearby Capernaum. On this occasion, though, he has come to his old neighborhood to speak to people who have known him since his childhood.
Some of them wonder, even question, how this guy from around the corner has become a possible Messiah. They make a tough audience for Jesus as he proclaims this exultant passage from Isaiah:
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.
For the moment, on that Sabbath morning, buoyed by the miracle stories coming from Capernaum, the crowd accepts Jesus’ revelation.
But, in time, many of these neighbor Nazarenes, locked in their ungraced biases, will reject this Epiphany in their midst.
For true conversion, we need to work our epiphanies – to pray within them, to open our hearts to continuing grace, to let down our prejudices, to stretch our souls for God.
Let’s pray for that grace today.
(Some of you might like to read about a recent epiphany of mine. I’ll send it in a second e-mail.)
Music: George Strait: I Saw God Today