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Third Sunday after Epiphany (C10)

Luke 4:14-21

Luke's Central Message

Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. When 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, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him.

He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: "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, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

And 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.

Then he began to say to them, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."

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This passage is known as the Gospel within the Gospel of Luke, since it is Jesus' minitry in a nutshell as portrayed in this gospel. We often overlook the familiar, in favor of the novel, only to find true value has been overlooked as well. The gospel writer is likely saying that the hometown crowd was overlooking Jesus possibly for that reason. The Isaiah passage used in this way, would have been very radical - showing biblical authority and divine knowledge that the locals would not figure one of their own to have. They would likely be murmuring "How could this be?" and "Didn't he grow up with my little boy (or girl)?" etc.

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