The first reading from Isaiah assures Israel of a hopeful future when the God’s redemption comes: “On that day the deaf will hear the words of the book, and out of the dark and obscurity the eyes of the blind will see. The meek will find joy and the poor among men will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. For the tyrant will be no more and the scoffers gone foreveris.” These very words of Isaiah Jesus read at the synagogue in his hometown Nazareth, “Today these prophetic words come true even as you listen.” (Lk 4:21)
His own people in Nazareth would not believe Jesus, “Who is this but Joseph’s son?” (Lk 4:22) and “became indignant. They rose up and brought him out of the town, to the dege of the hill on which Nazareth is built, intending to throw him down the cliff.” (Lk 4:28b -30a)
What a shameful response to the Good News Jesus preached!
In the Gospel reading, Jesus cures two men of their blindness. We too must be cured of our blindness – selfishness, greed, violence, lust, pride.
We pray that unlike the people of Nazareth God may give us the grace and light to see and accept the Good News our Lord brings to us.