January 23, 2022
Susan Quaintance OSB, St. Scholastica Monastery in Chicago, IL
Neh 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10; 1 Cor 12:12-30 or 12:12-14, 27; Lk 1:1-4; 4:14-21
Last week the gospel acclamation was another piece of scripture used to interpret or “unlock” the readings given for the Sunday. Today we have words taken straight from today’s gospel, Luke 4:18: “The Lord sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, and proclaim liberty to captives.”
Luke constructs this verse in an interesting way as he paints the picture of Jesus returning to Galilee, after his forty days in the desert, and inaugurating his ministry in his hometown. Jesus opens the scroll to the prophecy of Isaiah in order to read the weekly Haftarah (the selection from the prophets in a weekly synagogue service) portion. What Luke puts in Jesus’s mouth, though, isn’t exactly what I find when I go to Isaiah.