“It Is Fulfilled In Your Hearing”

This gospel passage has a peculiar aleatory nature, Jesus’ trust in chances. He knows that he is supposed to bring something very phenomenal in this world, but he does not know what exactly it is. He moves around a synagogue and concentrates on the life of pious people as if his destiny is to be a religious man. Everybody feels the ripples of his presence. He is now like a dancer who cannot arrest his own movements. He carries that aura of a man who makes a leaf greener by his look. He walks like a luminous shadow.
Jesus comes into the synagogue on a Sabbath day. The entire congregation is waiting to hear him. He stood up to read. The book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. And He opened at random the book and found the place where it was written. “THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED.” Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him.(Lk 4. 14-22) Now he’s supposed to give a homily or some sort of exhortation, instead he says “it is fulfilled in your hearing”. How could he say this! Perhaps Jesus himself might have surprised at what he said.

It is an owning up. The prophecy of Isaiah waited for someone who will own it up. Anybody could have said that “it is fulfilled in your hearing”. Nobody did. Here comes a man who dare to do it. Jesus opened the book at random and what happens then is a meeting, Jesus meets the Book and the Book meets him. They both surprise each other. They make a promise to each other, Jesus tells the Book that he will fulfil its wishes and the Book promises that it will be fulfilled in him.

Here afterwards all the prophecies belong to him because he has taken up their responsibility. Now he leaves the synagogue and will be ever on a road where all the prophesies have to come true.