Imagine for a moment what must have been going through the minds of his neighbors and childhood friends. This was Mary and Joseph’s son…how can he claim to be “the anointed one” of God? They must have wondered “who does he think he is?”. Jesus proclaims that he is filled with the Holy Spirit and has come to do the work of God. And as members of the Body of Christ we too are filled with the Holy Spirit and are called to do the very things that Jesus proclaimed he was sent to do! We are called to “be” good news for the poor and help those held captive by war, poverty, racism, by anything that diminishes them or holds them back from being who God made them to be. We are called to bring recovery of sight to all those who are blinded by anger or hatred by loving them and walking with them in their darkness. We are called to proclaim that the mercy of God lavishly pours down upon all women and men!
How have I felt the Spirit of God wash upon me? In the midst of all the world’s woes, what is the Spirit calling me to in my life at this time? How and to whom am I being called to proclaim the Good News?