Third Week in Epiphany

& archive, Year C.

Lord Jesus Christ,
You see how bent over we are
Under the weight of the world’s habits.
Unburden us
Clear the path within our soul
Lift up our heads to see you
Our hearts to love you
And welcome You.

Third Week in Epiphany

This week the lectionary reading takes us to Nazareth, the town where Jesus spent his childhood. We join him in the synagogue on the Sabbath. When the time comes for the Hebrews scriptures to be read, he stands up, and the attendant gives him the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. We watch as he unrolls the heavy scroll until he locates the passage he desires to read.

“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.” (Isaiah 61:1,2; 58:6)

Now Jesus rolls up the scroll and returns it to the attendant, then he sits down – a signal that he is about to speak. Listen.

“Today this scripture has been fulfilled
in your hearing.”
(Luke 4:18-21)

This week take some time to enter the Luke 4 narrative, and to sit in the synagogue.
Invite the Holy Spirit to help you as you take your place among the townspeople of Nazareth, and as you attend to Jesus reading and speaking.

Listen to Jesus reading, and to what he announces about what he has just read.

Notice where you find yourself sitting, and what you sense around you and within yourself as Jesus stands to read the scriptures, and as he sits down to speak to you and to all gathered in there.

What words or phrase catches your attention as you listen to him read and speak?
Take some time to stay with those words or the phrase. Allow the words to turn over in your mind and notice how their content and meaning gradually open up more fully for you.

As the words or phrase enters more deeply into various areas of your own personal life experience, what do you sense God’s invitation is to you?

Respond to God in prayer about anything you are noticing, and then shift into restful silence in God’s presence.

Dear Lord,
Help me to listen
Free me from being blind to who you are
Release me from captivity to the world’s ways
Help me to listen
Amen

Third Week In Epiphany

1/21 Monday: Luke 4:14-19
1/22 Tuesday: Luke 4:20-21
1/23 Wednesday: Psalm 19
1/24 Thursday: Nehemiah 8:1-3,5-6,8-10
1/25 Friday: I Corinthians 12:12-31a
1/26 Saturday: Luke 4:14-19
1/27 Sunday: Luke 4:20-21