Scriptural reflection on the scripture readings for Sunday, January 21, 2007. These readings are so interesting today. We have two men reading from a scroll, thousand of years apart. One man, Ezra, reads as the people celebrate a new beginning. After many years in exile, a group of devout Jews are set free and able to return to their land for the difficult task of rebuilding their city and their community. Another man, Jesus, also reads from a scroll. A new life and a new beginning emerging. One where captives will be set free, and the blind will see, a life where the oppressed will go free and the poor will receive good tidings. Many of these actions were ones associated with God. So here you have Jesus the man, in his hometown, proclaiming, in so many words, that he is also the Son of God. Through him, all these divine actions will take place. And once again, the people will be set free, from a spiritual exile.
Thousands of years later, we too read these words. Because of Christ's death and resurrection, in Him and through Him, we are also children of God. Through us, the divine hand of God could also work, to heal, to bring good tidings to the poor, and to free the oppress. May we open our hearts and our soul to God working through us. We will continue to fulfill the scriptures and will be creating many years acceptable to the Lord.