Homily for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Theme: Jesus declares the beginning of a new age
By: Fr. Cosmas Ukadike, C.M.
After Jesus’ baptism at the river Jordan when the Holy Spirit descended upon him, Jesus lead by the same spirit swung into his mission.
Today we hear in the gospel reading Jesus’ mission statement and the declaration of a new age.
In this new age, Jesus declares a down of Gods’ favours:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour (Lk.4, 18-19).
In this declaration, we see a fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah that this new age is bound to come as a sign of God’s faithfulness to his sons and daughters for his steadfast love for them. (Isa 61, 1-2).
The presence of the person of Jesus is the presence of the anointing for good news. So it therefore follows that, anyone who receives Jesus, has received the anointing for good news in his condition and state of life.
This was why he went further to state that: “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing” (Lk.4, 21).
The presence of Jesus is synonymous to favour. And thus, in declaring the down of a new age, he rolls out all the favours that will follow those who come to him:
There shall be release from every form of captivity; mental, spiritual, physical and otherwise. That is, in this new era of Christ, children of God shall experience true freedom and liberty.
He also added that, there shall be recovery of all forms of sight to the blind; physical, spiritual and otherwise. It is good to take a moment to ask ourselves this question; I’m I actually seeing?
Then he went further to say that, there shall be justice and freedom for the oppressed; it doesn’t matter how long we may have been oppressed, Jesus is assuring us that in this new age, the oppressed shall go free.
So if you ask me dear friends, I would say that God is making an option for his poor and less privileged children.
This is a down of a new Hope, God has seen your plight, he is aware of what you are going through right now, and he is not pleased with it. So he wants to chart a new course of life for you.
This was the same scenario that played out in today’s first reading when Ezra the priest read out God’s word from the book of the law before all the people; there was so much sentiments going on as they listened to God’s words, some people already began to weep and cry, expressing their unworthiness before God and his laws, but Ezra and Nehemiah taught the people rather to celebrate because it’s a moment of grace for them, it’s no longer time to grieve, for the Joy of the Lord has come and is their strength (Nehemiah 8, 2-10).
As we partake in this new age of grace, may our lives be transformed for the better and may we come to experience the true liberty of the children of God.
Have a fruitful week
Fr. Cosmas Ukadike, C.M.