Faith Daily | 29 August 2022
PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p576
Lord of all power and might,
the author and giver of all good things:
grant in our hearts the love of your name,
increase in us true religion,
nourish us with all goodness,
and of your great mercy keep us in the same;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 4: 16-30
16When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: 18“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, 19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 20And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” 23He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.’” 24And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown. 25But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; 26yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. 27There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” 28When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. 29They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. 30But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.
GOSPEL REFLECTION: Pamela Davey
In this passage Richard Rohr reflects that Jesus is connecting the spiritual gospel with the social gospel, saying “this is what I stand for”.
Perhaps we need to show that we are not simply creating religions and feelings of righteousness for ourselves, but living the gospel through social responsibilities. Maybe this is unwelcome.
Jesus never imposes his truth by coercion or excommunication, as the church has often tried to do. He is willing to wait for depth, good will, and true faith.(R. Rohr ‘The Good News According to Luke’)
FINAL PRAYER A prayer from Israel (‘A World of Prayers’)
Give me the strength to meet each day with quiet will.
Give me the faith to know you are my shepherd still.
Give me the light to find my way when shadows fall,
Be my steady guiding star, Father of all.