Luke 4: 14-21v16 “When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the scriptures.”
In the normal everyday life of a Jew like Jesus you went to the synagogue on a Saturday. Someone from the people assembled was asked to read from the Old Testament part of the bible. Jesus read from Isaiah and clearly stated that “The scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day.”
To gather with others, to read the bible as demonstrated by Jesus in this passage is therefore very important. “All eyes in the synagogue looked at him intently. Then he began to speak to them” Jesus still speaks to us through the good news of the bible. “He has sent me( Jesus) to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free and the time of the Lords favor has come”
Whatever has you captive, your fears and worries, such I am not good enough, have enough money to give some away, have time to think about the meaning of a bible passage. Whatever makes you blind, old habits and assumptions such as life is hard, life is not fair, feeling sorry for yourself. Whatever is weighing you down such as ‘I’m too old, too young, too tall, too short, too big, too small, from being the best person you can be. Jesus has the answers and will set you free. All you have to do is read the bible and stand up with Jesus today.
Prayer: Holy Father thank you for sending us your son so that we can be set free, able to see the things you do around us. To be the best person we can be as we stand up for Jesus. Give us time this week to read the bible and learn more about the good news. Amen
https://ourdailybread.ca/daily-bread-devotional/ is another example of a daily devotional reading. Further incites can be found on the Mid week reflection page and community at the zoom meeting on Wednesdays at 7pm. Send an email here for the zoom link.