There are days that we feel confused on what to do, what to write, and even on the little things. Even when we think about it, the words are hard to come by, the thoughts hard to organize. This is the time that we have to let the heart move our hands so that rhythm can be restored, inspiration can be summoned, the Spirit’s wisdom can be discerned. Just like the Church, we need the guidance on how things are in relation to God’s Word. We cannot just interpret the Word as we like, we have to ensure we are guided and discerned by the Holy Spirit of God. This is when we need the Church to shepherd us through the rough seas and storms that we have to navigate in this life.
In the First Reading (Nehemiah 8:2-4a,5-6,8-10) The prophet Ezra reads from the book of the Law and interprets it for all the people old enough to understand. Many times we need the guidance of elders and superiors who help in our journey. Ezra read from the book of the law of God, and interpreting it so that all could understand what was read. This is when we need the Holy Spirit to guide the Church who will lead us well. St. Paul explains in the Second Reading (1 Corinthians 12:12-30), that the people of God are part of the Mystical Body of Christ. Saying, “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.”
The Word and the Body of Christ are now announced by Jesus as a continuation of Israel’s prophetic tradition. Jesus announced His ministry as the focal point in today’s Gospel (Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21) when He reads from the scroll handed to Him; it contains the words of the prophet Isaiah. What is momentous in this event is that this defines Jesus ministry,
“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.”
The Lord Jesus not only announces God’s salvation; He also brings this power about in His person. He is not an ordinary prophet, He is the Christ, the “Anointed One” filled with the Spirit of God. The Kingdom of God is now at hand, even at this time more than 2,000 years after the Lord walked this earth. It is made present through power of the Holy Spirit so that the Kingdom of God can be fulfilled.
To continue the saving ministry of Jesus, we are invited to do our share in bringing glad tidings to the poor, liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind, healing to the sick, and freedom to the oppressed. We definitely can’t do these on our own as the thought alone overwhelms. We have to follow the leadings and guidance of the Spirit, with which the Church continues the saving mission of Jesus. By the Spirit’s power, we will prevail, we will succeed, we will be victorious!
May we therefore have the courage to say “Here I am Lord, I will go Lord!”
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.” (Lk. 4: 18)