After forty days of prayer and fasting, Jesus visits his hometown synagogue in Nazareth, reads from the scroll, and declares that he is the fulfillment of the prophetic passage. He then travels to other towns to “proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent” (Luke 5:43). Some of us may remain in our hometown, but some need to leave to fulfill God’s purpose. Prayer is essential so we can know God’s will and what we must do to accomplish it. Today’s Readings: 1 John 4:19—5:4; Psalm 72:1–2, 14 and 15bc, 17; Luke 4:14–22a.
© 2018 Liturgy Training Publications. 800-933-1800. Written by Barbara Matera. Scripture texts are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition © 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Permission to publish granted by the Archdiocese of Chicago, on March 9, 2018.
Thursday, January 10