Gospel – Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21
Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning and ministers of the word have handed them down to us, I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may realize the certainty of the teachings you have received. Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news of him spread throughout the whole region. He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all. He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day. He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord. Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him. He said to them, “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
We all like to think that we’re in control of the outcome in so many areas of our lives. In our Families, marriages, jobs, morning commutes, health and fitness, etc., we are often inclined to think that we are the masters of our domain. But, that couldn’t be further from the Truth. The only thing that we’re truly in charge of is the choices that we make. Everything else that takes place (or doesn’t take place) is Choreographed by our Creator through an Eternally-complex series of events, algorithms, and plans that we’re set into motion at the beginning of time. God has a plan – that’s it. All of our plans mean nothing if they don’t start with Him – His plan is the only plan and it’s the only True Prophesy. So, why fight it? When we fight It, we stress His design. When we accept It, we are “set free”. Let’s choose to be Faithful today and each day going forward. It’s our Faith in His plan that enables us to grow in ways that we could never imagine on our own. So, Trust in Jesus and you, your Family, your Friends, and our world will be just fine – just like God’s prophesy says.