Victory of Love

Greetings on this the Thursday after Epiphany
Readings: 1 Jn 4:19–5:4; PS 72:1-2, 14 and 15bc, 17; Lk 4:14-22
Notes: Do we also wish to fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah?

In our own way?
According to our own capacity and station?

O death, where is thy victory?

Victory is in love.

First reading
Beloved, we love God because
he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar;
for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from him:
Whoever loves God must also love his brother.

Responsorial Psalm
Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.

Alleluia Verse
The Lord has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor and to proclaim liberty to captives.

Gospel Portion

Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit.
He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.
He said to them, “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives

and recovery of sight to the blind,

to let the oppressed go free,

and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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