FIRST READING - Reading the Book of Nehemiah(8,2-4a.5-6-8-10)
In those days, Ezra the priest presented the Law on the assembly of men, women and all who were able to understand. It was the first day of the seventh month.Thus, in the square that faces the door of the Waters, Ezra made reading the book, from dawn until noon, before the men, women and all who were able to understand. And all the people listened carefully reading the book of the law.
Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden dais erected for the purpose.Being in a higher place, he opened the book in the sight of all the people. And when he opened it, all the people stood up.Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God, and all the people answered, raising his hands, "Amen! Amen!"
Then they bowed and prostrated themselves before the Lord with their faces. And they read clearly and distinctly the book of God's law and explained its meaning, so that they could understand the reading.The governor Nehemiah and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to everyone: "This is a day consecrated to the Lord your God! Do not be sad or weep, "for all the people wept at the words of the Law.And Nehemiah told them: "Go to your homes and eat the fat, take sweet drinks and divide with those who have nothing prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be sad, because the joy of the Lord is your strength. "
RESPONSORIAL PSALM - 18
Your words, Lord, are spirit and life!The law of the Lord God is perfect, / comfort for the soul! / The testimony of the Lord is faithful, / wisdom of the humble.
The statutes of the Lord are accurate, / joy to the heart. / The commandment of the Lord is bright, / to the eyes is a light.It is pure fear of the Lord, / immutable forever. / The Lord's judgments are correct / fair and equally.That you please the chanting of my mouth / and the voice of my soul; / she gets to you, O Lord, / my Rock and Redeemer!
SECOND READING - (1 Cor 12,12-14.27)
Reading from the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians:Brothers: As the body is one though it has many parts, and like all members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.Indeed, all of us, whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free, were baptized in one Spirit, form one body, and we all drink of one Spirit.Indeed, the body is not made of only one member, but many members. You, together, are the body of Christ and individually are members of that body.
GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LUKE (1.1 to 4; 14-21)
Many people have tried to write the history of the events that took place between us, as we were passed by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word.Therefore, after making a careful study of everything that happened from the beginning, I too decided to write so ordained for you, most excellent Theophilus. In this way, you can verify the solidity of the teachings you have received.
At that time, Jesus returned to Galilee with the power of the Spirit, and his fame spread throughout the neighborhood.He taught in their synagogues and everyone praised him.And it came to the city of Nazareth, where he had created. As his custom, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up for to read.
They gave him the prophet Isaiah. Opening the book, Jesus found the passage where it was written: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has consecrated me with anointing to preach good news to the poor; He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and to the blind new sight; to release the oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. "Then closed the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. All they in the synagogue had their eyes fixed on him.Then he began to tell them, "Today is fulfilled this scripture you have just heard."
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------A. BIGCUORE´S REFLECTION: Jesus, with the power of the Holy Spirit, begins his public life, preaching the Gospel and began from Galilee. The text tells us that He, as the synagogue on the Sabbath day, gave him the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, precisely in Chapter 61.All were amazed at his reading, for he certainly did with great authority. At the end he says: "Today is fulfilled this scripture you have just heard." Jesus was saying that the passage of the prophet Isaiah was just prophesying about His mission.
And that's what really happened. It is unfortunate that, especially the Masters of Law and the Pharisees did not understand anything, thinking that the Master was interested in power. And this, to the religious leaders of that time, constituted a threat to their privileges.
They were all wrong !. Jesus came not only to heal and deliver the captives, but above all to fulfill faithfully the message that the Father had commanded him and, above all, to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel.
A question arises: do we Christians are having a missionary life as we received in our baptism?Will we remember Jesus, only in times of tribulation?
How to follow Jesus, in today's times, we live in a world full of human tribulations and threats to freedom?
A happy and holy Sunday to all! Blessings of health, peace, prosperity and joy in their hearts !.
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