Fifty-seven years ago John Kennedy inspired the world in his inaugural
address.“The torch has been passed to a
new generation of Americans,” the young president said, “born in this century,
tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient
heritage....” Similar cadence and purpose may be noted in Jesus’ “inaugural
address” in the gospel today.
Jesus has returned to his hometown to give his first discourse.He enters the synagogue, takes
the scroll with a passage from Isaiah, and reads. “’The Spirit of the Lord is
upon me,'" he says, "'because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor…to
proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind…”Then
he declares, “’…this prophecy is fulfilled in your hearing.’”The world can sigh in relief.Like President Kennedy, Jesus has youth and
capability to carry out his project.More
than the thirty-fifth President, his undivided heart will assure its
Kennedy was not a great man because he was Catholic.However, his faith contributed to his concern
for the oppressed, his need to confront evil, and to his loyalty to tradition.History has shown that he was not
perfect.Nevertheless, to the extent
that he pursued gospel renewal, we should aspire to be like him.
Bilingual Roman Catholic priest of the Southern Dominican Province. Currently serving as rector of the St. Martin de Porres National Shrine and Institute in Memphis, TN. The "homilettes" on this website are completely his work. He may be contacted for preaching at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Telephone: (415) 279-9234.