Jesus unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.” (Luke 4:17b-18a NRSV).
As the Church leads us through the Easter Season to Pentecost, we are reading about the Holy Spirit. In this Gospel reading we join Jesus in the synagogue as He reads from this scroll, these words from the Prophet Isaiah. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.” In these words, Jesus is leading us into a deep meditation and contemplation of how God sees us through the person of Jesus.
The same Spirit that was upon Jesus is also upon each of us. The Holy Spirit is also known as The Holy Essence of God; meaning that the source of divine truth in the heart of the Christ follower, leads us into a deeper relationship with God in our own essence. As we seek union with God, we find that we meet the good news of Jesus in the poverty of our own spirit leading us to purity of heart.
If you are like me, you are a very long distance walk before arriving at having purity of heart. The last thing most of us want is to seek union with God for the sake of God alone. We want a relationship with God to get only what we want out of it. That in and of itself is our poverty of spirit. That is why we need the message that Jesus is anointed with the Spirit to bring good news to the poor one in each of us.
As we contemplate on how much God loves each of us that God anoints us with the Spirit to hear and respond to the good news that Jesus brings; may we also be open responding to the poor in and around us. That would in thought, word and deed be very good news.
Br. Anselm Philip King-Lowe, n/OSB