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In the Power of the Spirit (1 Cor. 2:1-5)

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Today’s Readings

  • First Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 119
  • Gospel Reading: Luke 4:16-30

Lectio Cursiva

Today we begin reading the Gospel of Luke for the daily lectio cursiva with the episode of Jesus’ rejection at Nazareth. After his baptism at the Jordan (Luke 3:21-22), Luke presents Jesus’ genealogy as one proceeding from Adam, also “son of God” (Luke 3:38). So Jesus is Son of the Most High as announced to Mary, which is confirmed by the voice at his baptism, but at the same time “son of God” through Adam’s line. Here is the Divine Son of God presented as having assumed the humanity of Adam’s line. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus faced the Devil in the desert and proved to him that He was indeed the Son of God in His obedience and faithfulness (Luke 4:1-13). It is with this victory that Jesus inaugurates his ministry in his own hometown.

In the synagogue at Nazareth, Jesus picks up the scroll of Isaiah,proclaims the words that announce the prophetic Jubilee Year and declares that it is now being fulfilled in the midst of his audience. That proclamation, for Luke, means the same thing as “Repent! The kingdom of God is near!”. The one who inaugurates the reign of God in the power of the Spirit has arrived. Simeon has called him the “sign that people will speak against and will cause the downfall of many”. For indeed, He will be the “mighty arm” that will “scatter the proud in their conceit and raise up the lowly; fill the hungry with good things and send the rich away empty.” With the arrival of the Messiah, the reversal of fortunes that Mary proclaimed has begun.

The Power and the Wisdom of God

The first reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians happily coincides with the theme of the Gospel. Paul reminds the Corinthians — now drunk in their consciousness with “power” that they think is from Wisdom — how he came to preach the Gospel to them, a Gospel of the Cross, “with a demonstration of spirit and power”, and not with “the persuasive words of wisdom”. Not with human eloquence, but with the convincing power of the Spirit.



1 Corinthians 2:1-5
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1And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not in loftiness of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of Christ.
2For I judged not myself to know anything among you, but Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
3And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
4And my speech and my preaching was not in the persuasive words of human wisdom, but in shewing of the Spirit and power;
5That your faith might not stand on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.
Luke 4:16-30
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16And he came to Nazareth, where he was brought up: and he went into the synagogue, according to his custom, on the sabbath day; and he rose up to read.
17And the book of Isaias the prophet was delivered unto him. And as he unfolded the book, he found the place where it was written:
18The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. Wherefore he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he hath sent me to heal the contrite of heart,
19To preach deliverance to the captives, and sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of reward.
20And when he had folded the book, he restored it to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.
21And he began to say to them: This day is fulfilled this scripture in your ears.
22And all gave testimony to him: and they wondered at the words of grace that proceeded from his mouth, and they said: Is not this the son of Joseph?
23And he said to them: Doubtless you will say to me this similitude: Physician, heal thyself: as great things as we have heard done in Capharnaum, do also here in thy own country.
24And he said: Amen I say to you, that no prophet is accepted in his own country.
25In truth I say to you, there were many widows in the days of Elias in Israel, when heaven was shut up three years and six months, when there was a great famine throughout all the earth.
26And to none of them was Elias sent, but to Sarepta of Sidon, to a widow woman.
27And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet: and none of them was cleansed but Naaman the Syrian.
28And all they in the synagogue, hearing these things, were filled with anger.
29And they rose up and thrust him out of the city; and they brought him to the brow of the hill, whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.
30But he passing through the midst of them, went his way.
Luke 3:21-22
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21Now it came to pass, when all the people were baptized, that Jesus also being baptized and praying, heaven was opened;
22And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape, as a dove upon him; and a voice came from heaven: Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
Luke 3:38
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38Who was of Henos, who was of Seth, who was of Adam, who was of God.
Luke 4:1-13
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1And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the desert,
2For the space of forty days; and was tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing in those days; and when they were ended, he was hungry.
3And the devil said to him: If thou be the Son of God, say to this stone that it be made bread.
4And Jesus answered him: It is written, that Man liveth not by bread alone, but by every word of God.
5And the devil led him into a high mountain, and shewed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time;
6And he said to him: To thee will I give all this power, and the glory of them; for to me they are delivered, and to whom I will, I give them.
7If thou therefore wilt adore before me, all shall be thine.
8And Jesus answering said to him: It is written: Thou shalt adore the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
9And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and he said to him: If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself from hence.
10For it is written, that He hath given his angels charge over thee, that they keep thee.
11And that in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest perhaps thou dash thy foot against a stone.
12And Jesus answering, said to him: It is said: Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
13And all the temptation being ended, the devil departed from him for a time.

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