A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
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Last week I shared with you that as Jesus began his public ministry he would experience good days and bad days on his way to the cross and while many would come to believe in him, others would reject him. So this week we hear of how Jesus was going about teaching and upon entering the synagogue, which he would most certainly do as a devout Jew, he opened the Sacred Scripture and read a passage that the Jewish people had read for hundreds of years when they gathered to pray.
“The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has appointed me to bring good tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed people go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.” Isaiah 61.1
This passage was very familiar to them and they understood it as a promise from God that God would send a savior, and when that happened all written here would be fulfilled. Can you imagine the reaction of the people when upon finishing that Reading, Jesus simply sat down, and as their eyes were all upon him he said? Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing. Luke 4.21
In other words, I am the Messiah, the one whose arrival the Jewish people are awaiting. Yet we know through the lived history of our Jewish ancestors that many did not believe what Jesus was proclaiming. In Luke’s Gospel, he goes on to share that what Jesus had proclaimed enraged the people of the town and a number of them attempted to drive Jesus out and over a cliff. Not a good day.
How would you react today, if someone presented themselves at our Church as Christ? It is challenging to think about this for we as a Catholic people still today await the Second Coming of Jesus. Will we be present here on this earth to experience that event?
And if so, will we be able to accept him for who he is? What will it take for us to truly believe? The experience of Jesus coming again, we believe from Sacred Scripture and our faith in Jesus Christ, will present itself to humanity. Let us pray that if it were to be in our time, we would, by faith; know, believe and rejoice!