The Good News for the Day, Sunday, January 20, 2019 The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 69 Since many have set out to collect and publish an account of the happenings fulfilled among us—producing the stories of those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning and sharers of the word have handed down to us, I myself have decided, after investigating everything accurately and afresh, to write it all down in an orderly way for you—a respected God-Lover—so that you can accept and appreciate the certainty of the teachings you have received. … Jesus came back to his home town of Nazareth, where he had grown up; he went according to his custom into His synagogue on the Sabbath day of prayer. He stood up to read and was handed a Biblical book—the prophet Isaiah. He opened it and found the place where there was written: The spirit of the LORD God has enveloped me—selecting me to bring good news to poor people. He has sent me to announce amnesty to captives and a recovery of sight to the blind, to enable oppressed person to go free--and to proclaim a transformative year acceptable to the Lord. Putting away the scripture, he handed it back to the attendant, then sat down, while the eyes of everybody in the house of religion looked attentively at him. He said, "Today this Scripture passage has found fulfillment for you to hear." (Luke 1 AND 4) Each day you wake up to fresh opportunity—to meet the day the way Jesus met his public life. We need to awake—and stay awake—aware that you and I have been sent. The Spirit of God is within and around you. The message—the “Word”—is, with this “good news,” to cheer, heal and free other people. “Today is the day that the Lord has made.” This is Luke’s whole Message—his basic point in writing about Jesus. He is not recounting these memories of real people to produce a scrapbook of scenes and sayings, for scholars to pore over. He is not making a TV reality show about events of long ago. Luke is writing for your faith—to keep you on your toes and reminded that you are transforming yourself and your world. Jesus has died and is risen. His Life, His Person, and His Message live on in you—in your kindliness, your self-discipline and humility, your acceptance of responsibility and your wide-eyed openness to God our Father’s teaching you—each day, each moment—how you can love His Creation more deeply. Today—each day, each moment—is fulfillment in you of the entrance of the Holy Spirit to transform the chaos of the past into the order of the future, the welcoming of God’s renewal of Genesis—That Beginning is beginning again—in you. That is the Good News Jesus is preaching. The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me” January 27, the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time The Image of the Spirit is a dove— A snowy bird that coos and flutters soft— And lands and struts—and that seems all. We love To just ignore the picture Jesus oft Sought to reveal—that hovering of order God wrought at Genesis—from Chaos toward This world where we thrive—and its border With heaven’s gate—and energy the Lord Felt moved to wreak on evil, sin and fear— To channel grace—to heal, help, hug and free Us captives, lift each soul from self, and steer You into loving all the poor you see! We are the eggs God’s Nurturer creates To transform chaos into Christ-like fates.