1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Paul knows that it is absolutely futile to rely upon his own abilities or prowess when proclaiming the Gospel. Yes, he needs to put his talents and zeal at the disposal of the Holy Spirit. But the effectiveness of His proclamation of the Gospel ultimately rests upon whether or not the Holy Spirit is at work in what he says and does. Without the Holy Spirit, there can be no change in peoples? lives. This is why humility is very important in a preacher. St. Teresa of Avila goes even further in saying that without humility, it is impossible to even begin the spiritual walk towards God. Lord, help me to learn from the wisdom of those who knew You so well.
1 When I came to you, brothers, proclaiming the mystery of God, I did not come with sublimity of words or of wisdom. 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling, 4 and my message and my proclamation were not with persuasive [words of] wisdom, but with a demonstration of spirit and power, 5 so that your faith might rest not
on human wisdom but on the power of God.
P S A L M
Psalm 119:97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102
R: Lord, I love your commands.
97 How I love your law, O LORD! It is my meditation all the day. (R) 98 Your command has made me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me. (R) 99 I have more understanding than all my teachers when your decrees are my meditation. (R) 100 I have more discernment than the elders, because I observe your precepts. (R) 101 From every evil way I withhold my feet, that I may keep your words. (R) 102 From your ordinances I turn not away, for you have instructed me. (R)
G O S P E L
Jesus links His ministry with that which was promised many centuries before in the prophecies of Isaiah and others. He clearly sees Himself within the ambit of the Messianic prophecies. This should help us to understand something of how Jesus sees His ministry and its relationship to the Jewish faith. Jesus is a Jew and never denies this fact. However, I think that He takes His Jewish blood to a new level, the one that His Father desires. In doing so, He challenges those around Him to rethink their categories and actions. Let us never be afraid of change as long as the Holy Spirit is calling for it.
16 He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day. He stood up to read 17 and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written: 18 ?The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, 19 and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.? 20 Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him. 21 He said to them, ?Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.? 22 And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They also asked, ?Isn?t this the son of Joseph?? 23 He said to them, ?Surely you will quote me this proverb, ?Physician, cure yourself,? and say, ?Do here in your native place the things that we heard were done in Capernaum.?? 24 And he said, ?Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place. 25 Indeed, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah when the sky was closed for three and a half years and a severe famine spread over the entire land. 26 It was to none of these that Elijah was sent, but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon. 27 Again, there were many lepers in Israel during the time of Elisha the prophet; yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.? 28 When the people in the synagogue heard this, they were all filled with fury. 29 They rose up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town had been built, to hurl him down headlong. 30 But he passed through the midst of them and went away.
think: Without the Holy Spirit, there can be no change in peoples? lives.
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