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February 4

In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Listen to this reading from Luke's gospel which shows Jesus' wisdom.

Jesus went to Nazareth where he grew up. Just like he did every Sabbath, he entered the synagogue in Nazareth and stood up to read the Scripture. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. Jesus unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach God's Good News to everyone in need.
The Lord sent me to proclaim freedom to the captives
and returning sight to the blind,
to free the oppressed
and proclaim a year when the Lord will bless his people.

After he read from the scroll, Jesus rolled it up and gave it back to the synagogue helper. Then Jesus sat down to teach. Everyone fixed their eyes on him. Finally, he said: Today, this Scripture reading came true!OCGE3f

The Gospel of the Lord,

[Response: Thanks be to God]

This is the heart of social justice as we try to use the words from this reading from the Gospel of Luke to put faith into action.  How can each one of us bring this scripture reading to life wherever we find ourselves today?

How can we help others to let go of the obstacles that prevent them from being kind and loving toward others?  

How can we heal the brokenhearted?

How can we bless one another today?

We pray:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.
 

In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.