Gospel: Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.


Many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events which have been fulfilled in our midst, precisely as those events were transmitted to us by the original eyewitnesses and ministers of the word.  I too have carefully traced the sequence of events from the beginning, and have decided to set it in writing for you, Theophilus, so that Your Excellency may see how reliable the instruction was that you received.  


Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and his reputation spread throughout the region.  He was teaching in their synagogues, and all were loud in their praise.


Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up.  Entering the synagogue on the sabbath as he was in the habit of doing, Jesus stood up to do the reading.  When the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed him, he unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:


        The spirit of Yahweh is upon me;
                therefore Yahweh has anointed me,

        And sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor,
                to proclaim liberty to captives,

        Recovery of sight to the blind,

                and release to prisoners,

        To announce a year of favor from Yahweh.”


Rolling up the scroll, Jesus gave it back to the assistant and sat down.  All in the synagogue had their eyes fixed on him.  Then he began by saying to them, ”Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”


The Good News as spoken through Luke.