14Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.
16When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: 18“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, 19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 20And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
- Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
- Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
- Focus on each phrase of the scripture as Jesus reads it to you today. Listen deeply for an invitation in each message:
- The Spirit of the Lord is upon me [pause and listen]
- Because he has anointed me [pause and listen]
- To bring good news to the poor [pause and listen]
- He has sent me [pause and listen]
- To proclaim release to the captives [pause and listen]
- To recovery of sight to the blind [pause and listen]
- To let the oppressed go free [pause and listen]
- To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor [pause and listen]
- Which statement captures your attention the most today?
- What is your message from God?
- Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
- Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, January 27, 2019, the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a