Gospel Reflection

III SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (JANUARY 23)

Neh 8:2-4a,5-6,8-10 Ps 19:8-10,15 1Cor 12:12-30 Lk 1:1-4;4:14-21

Many aspects of Christ’s life, of interest to human curiosity, do not appear in the Gospel. Almost nothing is said about his life in Nazareth, and for that matter a good deal of his public life is not recorded (Jn 20:30). Notwithstanding, what is important to know is that by his submission to Mary and Joseph, as well as by his humble work during long years in Nazareth, Jesus gives us an example of what it means to be a saint in one’s daily life with family and in work. When the time began for him to initiate his public life, Jesus read from the sacred scroll in the synagogue of his native city of Nazareth: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me.” This messianic consecration of Jesus manifests his divine redemptive and evangelizing mission, that was not understood by his own townsfolk because “a prophet is not recognized in his own country.” He is the Christ, the Anointed in whom the Most Blessed Trinity is manifested. For this reason, St. Irenaeus of Lyons affirms: “In the name of Christ one amply understands the one who anoints and the one who has been anointed and the Anointing itself with which he has been anointed: the one who anoints is the Father, the one who has been anointed is the Son, and it has been accomplished in the Spirit who is the Anointing” (Haer. 3:18-3). Christ does not only confess His eternal messianic consecration to his people, but it was also revealed during his earthly life at the time of his baptism by John when “God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power” (Acts 10:38). His works and his words gave witness to him as “the holy One of God” (Mk 1:24). He is the one who can unite all of the human beings, and he gave us for this, a baptism so that we can form one body as St. Paul indicates: “You, then, are the body of Christ. Every one of you is a member of it.” In this body all the organs are necessary; indeed, “the weakest are the most necessary.” There cannot therefore be any reason for sadness, “for rejoicing in the Lord must be your strength!” (Neh 8:10)

III DOMINGO DEL TIEMPO ORDINARIO (23 DE ENERO)

Ne 8,2-4a,5-6,8-10 Sal 19,8-10,15 1Cor 12,12-30 Lc 1,1-4;4,14-21

Muchos aspectos de la vida de Cristo, de interés para la curiosidad humana, no aparecen en el Evangelio. De su vida en Nazaret no se dice casi nada, y tampoco se registra buena parte de su vida pública (Jn 20,30). Sin embargo, lo importante es saber que por su sumisión a María y José, así como por su humilde labor durante largos años en Nazaret, Jesús nos da un ejemplo de lo que significa ser santo en la vida diaria con la familia y la En el trabajo. Cuando comenzaba el tiempo para que iniciara su vida pública, Jesús leyó del pergamino sagrado en la sinagoga de su ciudad natal de Nazaret: “El Espíritu del Señor está sobre mí, porque me ha ungido”. Esta consagración mesiánica de Jesús manifiesta su divina misión redentora y evangelizadora, que no fue comprendida por su propia gente del pueblo porque “no se reconoce profeta en su propia tierra”. Él es el Cristo, el Ungido en quien se manifiesta la Santísima Trinidad. Por eso, San Ireneo de Lyon afirma: “En el nombre de Cristo se entiende ampliamente el que unge y el que ha sido ungido y la Unción misma con la que ha sido ungido: el que unge es el Padre, el que ha sido ungido es el Hijo, y ha sido realizado en el Espíritu que es la Unción” (Haer. 3:18-3). Cristo no solo confiesa su eterna consagración mesiánica a su pueblo, sino que también fue revelada durante su vida terrena en el momento de su bautismo por Juan cuando “Dios lo ungió con el Espíritu Santo y con poder” (Hechos 10:38). Sus obras y sus palabras dieron testimonio de él como “el Santo de Dios” (Mc 1,24). Él es quien puede unir a todos los seres humanos, y para esto nos dio un bautismo para que formemos un solo cuerpo como indica San Pablo: “Vosotros, pues, sois el cuerpo de Cristo. Cada uno de ustedes es miembro de ella”. En este cuerpo son necesarios todos los órganos; de hecho, “los más débiles son los más necesarios”. Por lo tanto, no puede haber ninguna razón para la tristeza, “¡porque el regocijo en el Señor debe ser vuestra fuerza!” (Ne 8:10)

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