|Posted by Xavier Thelakkatt on January 21, 2016 at 5:10 AM|
“How did you become a missionary?” I asked Reginald, in that remote village in Saskatchewan. His story was simple. As a teenager he was invited to proclaim a reading at his Confirmation, presided over by the Archbishop. He had read and re-read the passage beforehand; so much so, he read it at the mass with feeling. The Archbishop during his homily pointed to him and said, “You did that reading so well; did you know you’re called to proclaim it to the poor?” That was his call. His mission was identified that day. After his studies he moved with his family into a very poor Cree Indian village in northern Canada as a lay missionary. That’s where I met him.
Jesus was invited to proclaim the Scriptures at the synagogue in Nazareth. He began, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor” (Lk 4:18). Those words of Isaiah touched him deeply and helped him become more aware of his mission so much so he said at the end, “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing” (Lk 4:21). It helped his mission to be fully identified and defined. The Scriptures we read regularly continue to have that power to transform us and to define our mission in life.
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Neh 8:2-4, 8-10; 1Cor 12:12-30; Lk 1:1-4; 4:14-21