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Today’s Gospel
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Thursday after Epiphany

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Gospel text (Lk 4:14-22): He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the Sabbath day. He stood up to read. Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news of him spread throughout the whole region. He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all.

He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the Sabbath day. He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written: “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.”

Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him. He said to them, “Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.” And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They also asked, “Isn’t this the son of Joseph?”

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today, Jesus Christ fulfills the commitment of his Jewish religion: it is Saturday and He goes to the synagogue, just as we do when we are going to Mass on Sunday. Jesus is a good teacher: He observes His duties, He obeys and He participates in His "Church". This is why His preaching was so successful. People realized He preached with the example.

-Our good behavior helps others: an image -a good example- is worth a thousand words.