16 When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 20 And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” 23 He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.'” 24 And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown. 25 But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; 26 yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. 27 There were also many lepers1 in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” 28 When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. 29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. 30 But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.
After the mushrooming of neo-Pentecostal movements, there has been a wide thinking which associates the work of the Lord with the power to work miracles, with the mode of prayer, praying in tongues, or praying out loud, etc. Jesus, reading from the prophet Isaiah, announces his mission and says,
This is the real measure of our anointing with the spirit of the Lord. Can we say that the Lord has appointed to bring good news to the poor? If then, we can be sure that, the spirit of the Lord is upon me. Our mere prayers, working miracles, studying the scripture can all be done even without the power of the Spirit. But if we can bring the good news, Jesus, to the poor, captives, blind and the oppressed, we can be sure that we are acting in the Spirit of the Lord, and that the Spirit of the Lord is upon me! Remember, in the great judgement of nations described in Matthew 25, the Lord did not mention about our style of prayers, or about our power to do extra-ordinary miracles, or about the stupendous acts we have done, but the judgement was on the basis of our day-to-day and ordinary dealing with our least counted brothers and sisters. May the Sprit of the Lord work in us so that we may be able to bring good news to the poor!