Thursday after Epiphany

Fulfilled in Your Hearing

What happened in a Christmas play at a parish was when a young man came out as Jesus made up like a homeless to come to the poor, but the ushers thought that he was a real homeless and didn’t let him in. In the angle of putting make up for the young man as a homeless, the group was success, and their intention to introduce Jesus as a homeless to come to our human race was also a success. However, some of their members were failed to recognize poor Jesus, even though it’s just a fake homeless Jesus. Perhaps, they listened to the Word of God and let the Word of God stayed in their minds only that they couldn’t accept it in reality.

Jesus reminds us the words of the prophet Isaiah that Luke reported in today’s Gospel saying, “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.” Jesus then concluded that “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.” Jesus defended for the poor, the widow, and the orphan. He proclaimed liberty for the prisoners and the oppressed. He healed and cured the blind, the lame, the paralytics, the sick and even to raise the death back to life again. The Word of God did not only sink into his mind but also took root into his heart and his soul and his entire being.

Have you and I allowed the Word of God sank into our mind, heart and soul and to take root into our being so to bring the Word of God alive in our lives? We might have no problem to repeat the Word of God through our memory, and we might not have problem to reason the Word of God and explain the Word of God through our intelligent; but would we be able to bring the Word of God alive in our words and in our deeds? Just as Jesus fulfilled God’s Word by his very life activities, has the Word of God fulfilled in our hearing when we read the Bible and attend the Mass? What does it mean “Fulfilled in your hearing” for you?


Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen

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