January 31, 2016
Our gospel reading today is a continuation from last week's where Jesus read from the scroll of Isaiah which many understood to be the foretelling of the coming Messiah. Remember, Jesus had returned to his hometown. There were stories of miracles and great works being done by this native son. They know him, "Is not this Joseph's son?" they say. And Jesus shocked his listeners that morning by telling them, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." This neighbor-boy, this carpenter was claiming to be the Messiah! It was unbelievable.
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