Reflection: Try to place yourself within the setting of the Gospel reading today. Can you even imagine sitting before the feet of Jesus, listening to him proclaim the great works to be accomplished by the Messiah, and then to hear Him say that He is indeed the Messiah who will accomplish all those great deeds? Imagine the silence and awe that must have fallen upon that room that day. Now, think of what we take part in every time we attend Mass. We hear the good news proclaimed in the Gospel, we are reminded that Jesus is our savior, and then we kneel before Christ in the Eucharist as we remember that He died on the cross for us. Every time we attend Mass we get to experience the same joy and awe that the followers in the Gospel reading experienced.
Big Picture: Stand in awe of Christ
Younger saints: In the Gospel today we see Jesus read a portion of scripture from the book of Isaiah. When he finishes reading from the scroll Jesus says: “Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.” What does Jesus mean when He says this? (Jesus is telling the people that He is the man that will accomplish or has accomplished all the things that Isaiah is writing about. Jesus is proclaiming that He is the Savior of the world.) How do you think the people felt when they heard this?
Older saints: Reflect on what it is that we take part in each time we attend Mass. What are the different parts of the Mass? (Introductory Rite, The Liturgy of the Word, The Liturgy of the Eucharist, and Concluding Rite). What is the high point of the Mass? (The Eucharistic Prayer within The Liturgy of the Eucharist). Why is this the high point of the Mass? (This is when the assembly joins Christ in recognizing the good works of God and in the offering of sacrifice).
Scripture Verse for the Week: “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing” Luke 4:21
You are now entering the mission field: Offer up prayers for someone who hurt you this week (Spiritual Works of Mercy: To bear wrongs patiently).