Luke 4:16-19,21,24,29-30 NRSVue

16When 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, 17and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

18“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 set free those who are oppressed, 19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

21Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 24And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in his hometown. 29They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. 30But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.

Some thoughts on this scripture

Jesus invites us to share in the Spirit that so fully energises him. His mission is to awaken hope in the promises of God. His life programme is to bring freedom to us who are oppressed by sin and evil. He desires to touch our broken hearts with his healing grace and compassion.

Lord, lift me out of my apathy and my sense of emptiness. Capture my heart with your invigorating presence and companionship. Send me to others with a message of hope.