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January 27, 2013: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me..."

Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning and ministers of the word have handed them down to us, I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may realize the certainty of the teachings you have received.

Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news of him spread throughout the whole region. He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all.

He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day. He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord. 

Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.
He said to them, “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
(Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21)

What an unusual passage this is–Jesus is telling the persons who were in the synagogue that he is the person “anointed to bring glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind, and to let the oppressed go free.” Imagine how you would feel if someone you knew as just an ordinary friend told everyone he would do all these things? It is hard to imagine what the persons who heard Jesus that day thought about it.

Action:

Take time to think about what you think about Jesus.
Who is Jesus to you? Do you think of him as a person? Close to you? Up in heaven? Is he a person you talk to frequently? Take a few minutes today to sit down with Jesus and talk to him about what you are doing and what you are thinking.

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Sister Jeanne Knoerle

Sister Jeanne Knoerle was a Sister of Providence for 64 years. She taught for many years at schools in Illinois, Indiana, and Washington, D.C. and was the president of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College from 1968 to 1983. Sister Jeanne passed away in June 2013. Read Sister Jeanne’s Obituary here.

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