Today's Gospel in Art - This text is being fulfilled today even as you listen

Bicycle Wheel by Marcel Duchamp 1951 © Museum of Modern Art (Moma), New York

Bicycle Wheel by Marcel Duchamp 1951 © Museum of Modern Art (Moma), New York

Gospel of 9th January 2020 - Luke 4:14-22

Jesus, with the power of the Spirit in him, returned to Galilee; and his reputation spread throughout the countryside. He taught in their synagogues and everyone praised him.

He came to Nazara, where he had been brought up, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day as he usually did. He stood up to read and they handed him the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll he found the place where it is written:

The spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for he has anointed me. He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives and to the blind new sight, to set the downtrodden free, to proclaim the Lord's year of favour.

He then rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the assistant and sat down. And all eyes in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to speak to them, 'This text is being fulfilled today even as you listen.' And he won the approval of all, and they were astonished by the gracious words that came from his lips.

Reflection on the 'Readymade' Artwork

Two points about today's reading. First of all Jesus is reminding us that the Christian faith is open to everyone. Before Jesus, salvation, was believed only to be available to the Jewish people. Christ changed this. Salvation in Christ was now open to all. We kind of take this for granted now, but it was a topic of great controversy in the early years of the Church.Thanks to the work of the great apostles Peter and especially Paul, faith was now open to all: salvation in Christ was now there for Romans and Greeks, pagans and Jews, free men and slaves… all could come to the knowledge and the love of God. God's mercy is there for everyone!

The second point that strikes me in today's reading is... To read on see:

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