In today’s Gospel, Luke 4: 16-30, Jesus speaking in his hometown synagogue comments on a passage of Isaiah and tells them that this is fulfilled with his presence.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me
He has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor,
to proclaim liberty to captives
and sight to the blind,
to free the oppressed
and announce the Lord’s year of grace.
This morning, during the Monday refection at Caritas in Santa Rosa de Copán, I asked the staff to share ways in which their work fulfilled these aspects of Jesus’ ministry. It was good to hear how they saw their work with communities in agriculture, in political formation, and in other areas as forms of living out the mission of Jesus in their work.
This is a good exercise which I recommend for persons and ministries since this passage is, in a sense, Jesus’ inaugural address in which he lays out his ministry.