Today's gospel reading is one of my favorites; but this only occurred to me this morning as I read it. Just imagine yourself being there, sitting in the synagogue. 'He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.' And then he reads those famous lines-
The Spirit of the Lord is
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
to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year
acceptable to the Lord.
He rolls up the scroll, and then sits down.
And then those electrifying words; "Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing."
Just imagine being there to see and hear this astonishing series of events. How did it happen that He was given that reading to read? A wide mix of emotions must have swept through the room after Our Lords' pronouncement. ..."fulfilled in your hearing." How would I have reacted? What kind of a person would I have been back then? Now, upon hearing this reading a cheer goes up in our hearts - Yes! Hooray! - but back then? I don't know. Mad? Unbelief? Or would my heart have been moved, as it is moved now by the smallest phrase, a simple psalm line or an ancient song?
I'll never know, but I can dream...