January 10 – Thursday
Thursday after Epiphany
Gospel: LK 4:14-22
In his early thirties Jesus had left Nazareth and the family workshop to listen to John the Baptist in the desert. When John baptised him, the voice of God the Father came from heaven, “You are my son, the Beloved” (Luke 3:20). We read here of Jesus’ dramatic homecoming to the little synagogue in Nazareth.
He boldly identifies himself as the anointed one of God. He declares that his mission is to proclaim the Good News of the reign of God, a God of love and compassion, especially for the poor and the oppressed.
God defends those whom nobody else defends. Jesus was looking at families that struggled to survive, at people dispossessed of their land, at starving children, at prostitutes and beggars. He never said they were good or virtuous, he said only that they were suffering unjustly.
Prayer: (all together)
Lord, open my heart to the broken body of Christ revealed in my suffering brothers and sisters. Make me hunger for justice and work for peace. May your compassion be a constant burning fire in my life. Amen