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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Thursday after Epiphany

Gospel text (Lk 4,14-22): Jesus acted with the power of the Spirit, and on his return to Galilee the news about him spread throughout all that territory. He began teaching in the synagogues of the Jews and everyone praised him. When Jesus came to Nazareth where he had been brought up, (…) the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he said to them, «Today these prophetic words come true even as you listen». All agreed with him and were lost in wonder, while he kept on speaking of the grace of God.

Revelation of Jesus’ origin

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, the people in Nazareth express their appreciation - which eventually will end up in disbelief - because they perceive that Jesus had expounded the words of Sacred Scripture not in the customary manner, but by relating them to Himself and His mission with an authority that went beyond the bounds of all exege­sis. The listeners were understandably shocked by this treatment of Scripture... and at the synagogue shock led to denial: "Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary?”

However, simultaneously, they were wondering: "where did He get all this wisdom? (…). And such miracles as these performed by his hands?" (Mk 6:2). The origin of Jesus is at the same time notorious and unknown

—The Four Gospels set out to answer these questions. Matthew opens his Gospel with the Jesus’ genealogy; he wants to put the question of Jesus’ provenance in the correct light from the very beginning: the genealogy serves as a kind of heading for the entire Gospel. Luke, on the other hand, places Jesus’ genealogy at the beginning of His public ministry, as a kind of public presentation of Jesus, in anticipation of all that is about to be narrated.