Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

Good News to the Poor. Thursday after Epiphany

Breakfast with the Word Thursday after Epiphany

 Luke 4:14-22

 

 

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Good news means something new and useful. So, Good news to the poor means a message that brings joy and salvation to those who have hunger for Jesus . So, Good news is a message that is salvific, pleasant, fortunate or otherwise positive. 

 

 

In Christianity, the Good News is the message of Jesus, the Christ or Messiah. His coming is to bring us salvation and restore our relationship with God.

 

As we are in the week of Epiphany, every reading is gradually pointing to the mission and personality of Jesus.

 

Therefore, the reading of today shows what the coming of Jesus means to the poor, the captives, the brokenhearted, blind and the downtrodden. 

 

 

 

The Mission of Jesus.

 

After the temptation of Jesus, Jesus returns to Galilee under the power of the Holy Spirit. When He returned to Galilee, His reputation spread throughout the countryside. Then He went to the synagogue to teach and everyone was happy with Him. When He stood up to read, they handed Him the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll he found the place where it is written:

The spirit of the Lord has been given to me,

for he has anointed me.

He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor,

to proclaim liberty to captives

and to the blind new sight,

to set the downtrodden free,

to proclaim the Lord’s year of favour.

 

 

Jesus then rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the assistant and sat down. Then all eyes in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 

 

Then Jesus begins to speak to them, that the text He just read to them is being fulfilled today even as they listen to Him.’ because of this, people were happy with Him and He won the approval of His listeners. They become astonished by the gracious words that came from His lips.

 

 

Today, through the scriptural text, Jesus reveals what He comes to do for the people. When Jesus concludes that all that the text says finds its fulfilment in Him, it means that this is His mission.

 

 

Jesus comes to bring something good to the poor, He comes to save the lost, and make our lives meaningful again. Jesus comes to make us new again. 

 

 

Therefore, the mission of Jesus is to bring good news to the poor, the lost, the suffering, the abandoned, the captives, the hopeless, the forgotten, distressed and the downtrodden. 

 

 

It is good news to the poor souls seeking repentance from sins. His coming is good news to the poor souls who are already in bondage. Therefore, only Jesus can give us salvation and no other person can. 

 

 

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His Mission is to become One with Us.

 

 

When Jesus came to the synagogue, they gave him the text from Isaiah to read. The good news in Isaiah is about the restoration of Israel after the exile. 

 

 

This then indicates that God has come to defend His people at last, through the coming of Jesus. 

 

Then, owing to the nature of Luke’s gospel who is always in defence of the poor, it means that the presence of Jesus has come to bring restoration and joy to the suffering. He has come to defend those whom nobody else defends. His presence and words will give life to depressed and broken hearts.

 

 

 Jesus is here for those families that are struggling to survive, at people dispossessed of their land, at starving children and beggars. He has come to become one with them in their suffering. 

 

 

Therefore, when we find ourselves in depressing situations, we need to feed our souls with His word to stand firm. 

 

We also need to go to His presence often for the grace to undergo these troublesome situations.

 

 The coming of Jesus is to bring good news to the poor. He comes to bring good news to you. Let us seek Him always for Jesus is the only person that can give us salvation.

 

 

 

 The Symbolism.

 

 

The verses that Jesus read from Isaiah are full of symbolism. “The meek” in Isaiah 61:1 are “the poor” in Luke 4:18. 

 

 

Therefore, when Jesus says: “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”, and “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth” Jesus is referring to the same group of people.

 

 

The “poor” here is not merely penniless, but those who break their will to accept the message of salvation.

 

 

The captives are not merely convicted criminals but the people seeking liberation from the shackles of sin. They are the people who hear the word and plead for mercy. We were captives of sin and Satan before we became saved. 

 

 

The blind or the sightless is not merely the physically blind, but the spiritually blind and those who are yet to encounter God.  

 

 

The broken-hearted are not merely the depressed, but those whose hearts are broken for God. They have broken themselves, to allow God to take control of their lives.

 

 

Before we become saved, God has to break our will so that we come broken in the heart before God. Filled with the Power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus has come to free us from sin and satanic bondage. This happens when we break our will and allow Jesus to take control of our lives.

 

 

 

 When Jesus takes His Rightful Position.

 

When Jesus enters the synagogue today, He was given His rightful position. They gave Him the chance to teach the people and explain His identity to them.

 

 

Therefore, when we open our hearts and give Jesus His rightful position in our lives, He will always be there to inspire and guide us. 

 

 

What Jesus needs from us is a little permission. We have to open our hearts to Him.

 

 

Therefore, let us give Jesus His rightful position beloved and give Him a little chance as He did in the Synagogue. 

 

 

Let Jesus occupy your heart and direct everything that you do.  

 

 

 

Therefore, may Jesus bring good news to poor souls, who seek Him day and night. May He lead you dearest, and take control of all you do today. Amen.

 

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68 Comments
  1. Ada Ndubuisi says

    Dear Jesus, lead me!
    I surrender all to you.

    Amen

  2. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says

    Amen and Amen

  3. UGWOKE OSCAR CHUKWUEMEKA says

    We ask for his grace to help us and assist us, open up our eyes to see him, accept, and welcome him in our lives so we could have his blessings and have them in abundance. Amen

  4. Thres Rock says

    I pray Jesus brings goodness to my family, friends and relatives as said in today’s breakfast. Amen

  5. Emmanuel ChimezieChidoka says

    Amen ooo…. This one is directly pointing at me and my family. May God open the heart of my family members to accept this GoodNews through Christ our Lord, Amen.

    Thank you Padre. May God continue to strengthen you through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

  6. Ibeawuchi Ugochi says

    Lord lead me and take control of all that concerns me through Christ our Lord. Amen

  7. CHARLES EZEJI says

    Amen, Heal my Chest, Back and Body pain Oh Lord

  8. paxka says

    lord Jesus pls absolute control of me, and direct my heart. Amen. 🙏🏽

  9. Jacqueline Aforkpah says

    O Lord, come and dwell in my heart and unite myself whole to you, and never permit me to be separated from you. My lord and my God 🙏

  10. Adesanya Ayodeji Mary says

    Amen… I place my life and everyone in my family heart on God.

  11. James Mailoushi says

    Amen,

  12. ANYANWU PRISCA NGOZI says

    Jesus come into my heart and heal my broken heart.

  13. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says

    Amen. Lord, I surrender myself to you and ask you to pilot my life.

  14. Mirian igwe says

    Amen 🙏 🙏🙏

  15. Kubiat says

    Amen

  16. CHIGOZIE FELICIA IBE says

    Amen

  17. Nonye Maduka says

    Amen

  18. Tochukwu Francis says

    Give me more grace Lord that I may understand your ways for me

  19. AWUZIE INNOCENT S. says

    Amen🙏🙏🙏

  20. Adeline Chidimma says

    Lord Jesus may You bring good news to my poor soul and that of my siblings and may You take charge of our lives and all we do through Christ Our Lord Amen.

  21. Sheila says

    The emphasis to let Jesus occupy my heart is so loud to me especially now that I am seeking God in my life and situation. May the Holy Spirit teach me how to do it

  22. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Thank you Father. Jesus I welcome you into my life this morning and ask you to take a rightful position in my life through Christ our Lord, Amen.

  23. Amara says

    Amen!!! Lord Jesus come and take your rightful place in my heart. I need you to show me the way.. Amen

  24. Ugwuanyi Juliet Nneka says

    Come into my heart and direct all my actions

  25. Olomu Chinedu says

    Amen. Thank you For for the uplifting words.

  26. Obika Chidimma says

    Amen, thanks Fr.

  27. Peter Anthony Dodoh says

    Amen

  28. Omalle Esther says

    Thanks Fr for the reflection. Thanks for the readings too

  29. Chisom Egwudike says

    Amen

  30. Otokpa Elijah says

    Amen. Indeed am really bless

  31. Anthonia Okonkwo says

    Come into my heart Lord Jesus. Come on today! Come in to stay! Come in my heart Lord Jesus. Amen.

  32. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Amen
    I surrender all to Jesus
    Oh Lord, please take over my Life and my home
    Amen

  33. Rosemary Umeze says

    And all I do always, Amen.
    Thanks Padré

  34. Prince Gee says

    Amen and Amen!
    As Jesus observed in the the gospel, may every awesome divine purpose and our hearts’ good desires be always positively fulfilled in a jiffy henceforth, even as many people would be looking or watching, in Jesus’ name, Amen!

  35. Precious says

    Amen!!!
    May this good news Jesus brings to us today be a source of hope for us to keep steadfast and persevere in all things. Amen!!!
    Good morning padre.

  36. Blessing Anne says

    Amen

  37. Ifeoma Ugwueze says

    Amen and amen

  38. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks Padre God bless you for the spiritual upliftment

  39. Blessing Chilo says

    Your words oh Lord are a soothing balm unto my soul as they bring goodness and upliftment. May my soul always burn for you Lord and let my heart be perpetually open to receive your word.

  40. NJIDEKA AGUOME says

    Breakfast with the word : Thursday after Epiphany:

    Jesus teaches us using the words of prophet Isaiah which comes to fulfillment. This shows that God’s word will always be fulfilled no matter how long it takes.

    Also, it teaches us that Jesus came to save all; the poor, oppressed, rich, influential, downtrodden etc. We are the ones that need to accept Him and the good news for our salvation to be complete.

  41. Clara says

    Amen. Lord I grant u permission into my heart. U are always welcomed. Thank u Jesus and thank u Padre once again. More grace.

  42. JUSTINEMARY ONYEKWELU says

    Jesus entered the synagogue speaking with Authority the message of Love, favour and Mecry for the poor.

    May the message bring healing and deliverance upon all the souls in search of the truth which is Jesus Christ! AMEN AMEN AND AMEN!!!

  43. Okoro Kingsley Akachukwu says

    A Rich reflection. God bless you padre

  44. Eneduwa Josephine says

    Padre, thanks for the great work.

    In continuation of my comment yesterday, today’s word of God has given me hope which I prayed for last year.

    With all my trials and heartbreak I and my siblings went through last year, I promise to have no other source of hope than God. He mend my broken heart, directed me when I was lost especially when my Mom died. I became the mother of my brothers and sisters and they seriously look up to.

    Like I said in my previous comment, It wasn’t easy but with God all things are possible.

    I pray for His Grace and Mercy to keep me going. I also pray for more anointing to keep me burning for Him and as a leader.

    Padre, I pray for God’s anointing upon you to always direct you and keep you burning for the Lord and the people you’re leading or serving. Amen n Amen

  45. Eneduwa Josephine says

    Padre,

    I thank you for the great work.

    In continuation of my comment yesterday, today’s word of God has given me hope which I prayed for last year.

    With all my trials and heartbreak I and my siblings went through last year, I promise to have no other source of hope than God. He mend my broken heart, directed me when I was lost especially when my Mom died. I became the mother of my brothers and sisters and they seriously look up to.

    Like I said in my previous comment, It wasn’t easy but with God all things are possible.

    I pray for His Grace and Mercy to keep me going. I also pray for more anointing to keep me burning for Him and as a leader.

    Padre, I pray for God’s anointing upon you to always direct you and keep you burning for the Lord and the people you’re leading or serving. Amen n Amen

  46. Carmela U. Ekwem says

    Amen! & Amen! Thanks & God bless you Fr for the msg… May God grant us the grace to open our hearts & minds to embrace & accept the good news he brought to the world, Amen!

  47. Ofoma Onyedikachi says

    I say a very big AMEN. LORD, help me to open my heart for you

  48. Mbama Christiana says

    Thank you Padre for this beautiful reflection. Lord Jesus come and take possession of my body and soul. Amen

  49. Angela Madu says

    Amen
    Thank you Padre
    Being generous is not only about giving out money, clothes, food, and so on.
    When we give people the Goodness from the word of God, it goes a long way in adding life to people. It bring life back to people especially the depressed. It gives the real Joy to our soul, gives consolation, and so on. I have experienced it.
    May God help us

  50. Anujue Ifeanyichukwu Godwin says

    Jesus take Your rightful place in our hearts to make our lives meaningful.Amen

  51. Ibeawuchi Monica says

    Amen. Thank you father

  52. Michael Jones says

    Amen.Thank you father.

  53. Munachimso onuoha says

    Amen

  54. Mercy E Johnny says

    Jesus come into my life and direct every of my steps n thought. Amen

  55. Ogechi Anugwom says

    Amen

  56. Ezeagu Anuli says

    Amen, God please come into our lives and take your rightful position 🙏 🙌

  57. Umego Ijeoma says

    Lord Jesus occupy my heart and my family and direct all we do. Amen

  58. Chikwendu Olivia says

    Amen ànd you too

  59. Chinyere Ezemelue says

    Amen

  60. Dr Chinwe Agwoile says

    Amen and amen! Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Come in to stay. Come in to be President and Resident over my life. Come in and occupy my heart so it will be free from all worries, all distractions and all negative thoughts that keep me far from You. In Jesus’ Mighty Name I pray!Aaaamen! Thanks a bunch, dear Padre! Keep soaring high!

  61. Maryann obiano says

    We pray for the grace of God to continue to open our heart that He will guide and direct us in the right path

  62. Onukwugha Florence says

    Jesus Christ please, Occupy my Life and take Control of everything i do in Jesus name Amen.Stay Blessed Father.

  63. Mbaelu Chinenye says

    Thank you Jesus for bringing to us the good news….may our hearts be ready and prepared to receive it ..Amen

  64. Eririogu FideliAa says

    Amen. Thanks father

  65. Jane says

    Amen, thanks for the wonderful message. I noticed you have filtered the advert as promised God bless you. Have a nice day

  66. Ighekpe Agbodesi Winifred says

    Oh God am holding onto you to lead me and help me serve you in spirit and in truth, Amen. Shalom Padre.

  67. Mary says

    Amen, Jesus take the will!

  68. Ifeoma N says

    Father Lord, come into my life and take control, Amen

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