by Fr. Rick Pilger, I.C. Pastor
Thursday Epiphany Week
Think of a catcher waiting for a pitcher to throw a fastball. You’ve got to be ready!
Something you don’t want to do is walk up to somebody
who is engrossed in something like watching a movie
and say something like, “What’s happening?”
You may get quite a reaction and hopefully
not cause them to have a heart attack.
When Jesus proclaimed the passage from Isaiah,
people were looking at Him intently.
You can see them hanging on every word He spoke.
Sometimes we can hear a lector proclaim God’s Word
with such conviction that we have to listen.
How many times had the people heard this passage from Isaiah?
This time was different because Jesus was speaking about himself:
“He has anointed me… He has sent me…”
Jesus was also speaking about
what he was going to be doing in the lives of people,
not just then – but down to the centuries,
freeing captives, healing the blind
and proclaiming an acceptable year of the Lord.
Every time we pick up God’s Word
or hear his Word proclaimed in the liturgy,
we need to read and hear it
with the same conviction that Jesus spoke it
in that synagogue in Nazareth on that Sabbath day.
Jesus wants his words fulfilled in our hearing every time.
Ask Jesus for his conviction
whenever someone proclaims God’s Word.
Think of a catcher waiting for a pitcher to throw a fastball.
You’ve got to be ready!
It’s not too far-fetched – John told us the 1st reading,
“We are God’s beloved.”