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Thursday after Epiphany

1 Peter 1:15-16: Just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, we come before you knowing how immense the distance is between your holiness and our commonness. We thank you for making us holy through the sacrifice of Jesus and by sending your Holy Spirit to live inside of us. Please receive our life today as a holy offering to you. We pray in the name of Jesus, the pioneer and great of our faith. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (January 10, 2013)
Day: Thursday after Epiphany
First Reading: 1 Jn 4:19–5:4
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 72:1-2, 14 and 15bc, 17
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: Luke 4:14-22
Lectionary: 215
Colour: White
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: Luke 4:14-22
14And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee, and a report concerning him went out through all the surrounding country. 15And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. 16And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up; and he went to the synagogue, as his custom was, on the Sabbath day. And he stood up to read; 17and there was given to him the book of the prophet Isaiah. He opened the book and found the place where it was written, 18"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord." 20And he closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21And he began to say to them, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." 22And all spoke well of him, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth; and they said, "Is not this Joseph's son?"
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
The sound "gospel" literally means "good news". Isaiah had prophesied that the Messiah would come in the authority of the Holy Spirit to bring freedom to those who suffered from physical, mental, or spiritual domination. Jesus came to place people free - not only from their physical, mental, and spiritual infirmities - but also from the most evil affliction of all – the oppression of slavery to sin, Satan, and the fear of losing one's life. God's power alone can save us from despair, dejection, and emptiness of life. The gospel of salvation is "good news" for everybody who will receive it. Do we know the joy and liberty of the gospel? What did Jesus come to this world to do for us? He came to set us free from the worst oppression possible - slavery to sin and the fear of death, and the eternal demolition of both body and soul. God's power alone can save us from bareness and poverty of spirit, from perplexity and error, and from despair and the fear of eradication. The gospel of deliverance is "good news" for us today. Do we know the joy and liberty of the gospel? Loving Infant Jesus, you are the fulfillment of all our hopes and dreams. Through the gift of your Holy Spirit you bring us truth, liberty, and abundant life. Fill us with the joy of the gospel and stir up our heart with love and zeal for you and your will.


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