Thursday, January 07, 2021
Reading (1 John 4:19-21; 5:4)
 We ourselves love now because he loved us first.  If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar. For if a person does not love his brother, whom he has seen, then he cannot love God, whom he has not seen.
 Yes, this is the command we have from him: whoever loves God must love his brother too. [5:4] because everything which has God as its Father overcomes the world. And this is what victoriously overcomes the world: our trust.
Gospel (Luke 4: 14-22a)
 Yeshua returned to the Galil in the power of the Spirit, and reports about him spread throughout the countryside.  He taught in their synagogues, and everyone respected him.
 Now when he went to Natzeret, where he had been brought up, on Shabbat he went to the synagogue as usual. He stood up to read,  and he was given the scroll of the prophet Yesha‘yahu. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written,
 “The Spirit of Adonai is upon me; therefore he has anointed me to announce Good News to the poor; he has sent me to proclaim freedom for the imprisoned and renewed sight for the blind, to release those who have been crushed, to proclaim a year of the favor of Adonai.”
 After closing the scroll and returning it to the shammash, he sat down; and the eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on him.  He started to speak to them: “Today, as you heard it read, this passage of the Tanakh was fulfilled!”
 Everyone was speaking well of him and marvelling that such appealing words were coming from his mouth. They were even asking, “Can this be Yosef’s son?”