At the start of his public life, Jesus came to Nazareth, the place where hegrew up. On the Sabbath he went to the synagogue as was his custom. Hestood up to read, and the scroll of rophet Isaiah was given to him. Heopened the scroll and found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of theLord 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. to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour  Andhe rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the Synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” (L 4: 16- 21)
                        Through this verse from the Holy Scriptures, Jesus made clear the natureof the mission he was going to fulfil on earth. Jesus came to this world to liberate us humans from all kinds of bonds. From this verse we learn thatJesus is the total liberator of mankind. Jesus, filled with the Spirit of the Lord and anointed by it, worked for our total liberation. This mission of Jesus had five important aspects


    1. Good News to the Poor


                       The first and foremost responsibility of Jesus was to proclaim the good news to the poor. His first lesson was:Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt. 5: 3).  His birth, life, death  and resurrection were all good news to the poor The truly poor include not only those who suffer from economic poverty but also those who suffer from physical and mentalhardships as well as the downtrodden. God heir sole refuge.  Those whodepend completely on the mercy and providence of God, without depending on  wealth or other material means, are the ones referred to as 'poor in spirit'.


    2. Liberation of those in Bondage


                       Jesus came to redeem us from the slavery of Satan and the bondage ofsin. Jesus liberates us also from social evils such as exploitation, treacheryand falsehood as well as physical ailments. This truth was revealed when Jesus healed the paralytic. What Jesus said to the paralytic was: Son your sins are forgiven” (Mk. 2: 5). Only God has the authority to forgive sins. Thescribes who did not realise that Jesus was the Son of God thought that these words of Jesus amounted to blasphemy. Jesus understood this: “So that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”  he said to the paralytic “I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home.”  Andhe stood up, immediately took the mat and went out before all of them (Mk. 2:10- 12) -29
                             On another occasion Jesus reached Capernaum, a town in Galilee. Inthe Synagogue of the place there was a man possessed of unclean spirit, and he cried out with a loud voice, “Let us alone! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him saying, “Be silent and come out of him!” Whenthe demon had thrown him down before them, he came out of him without having done him any harm. They were all amazed and kept saying to oneanother, “What kind of utterance is this? For, with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and out they come” (L 4: 31- 36). Thus we seein the gospels that Jesus gives freedom, not only from the bonds of sin and illnesses, but also from different kinds of demonic ties.

    3. Sight for the Blind


                   Jesus healed many w re blind. group of blindapproached Jesus shouting Jesus Son of God, have mercy on us . Jesus healed all of them. On another occasion while he was walking along with hisdisciples, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  Jesus answered, Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God's works might be revealed in him”  Then he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and put it on the man's eyes, saying to him, Go, wash in the Pool of Siloam”.the man went, washed and came home seeing ( n 9: 1- 8).
                    Learning that the Pharisees and the elders had expelled the blind man he had healed from the synagogue, Jesus said,  “I came into this world forjudgment so that those who do not see may see, and those w ho do see may become blind” (Jn 9: 39). Realizing that Jesus said these things about them, the Pharisees asked “Surely we are not blind, are we?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, 'We see', your sin remains” (Jn 9: 40- 41). What Jesus here is spiritual blindness. Jesus healed not only physical blindness. By his words of wisdom, he removed the ignorance that is spiritual blindness He raised his voice against those suffering from moral blindness such as injustice, exploitation and falsehood, and tried to bring them to the light by the Word of truth. Those who cooperated came to the joy of salvation, praising the Lord of light.

    4. Freedom for the Oppressed


                      Jesus came to break and remove the chains that bind us as slaves of sin. The woman who sinned was freed from the fetters of sin. Jesus sent her away saying, “Do not sin any more  When Jesus said to the paralytic,  “Your sins are forgiven”The man  was liberated from the slavery of sin and ailment, took his mat and walked away. 
                      God gave us laws to guide us walk along straight paths. But when it wasmisinterpreted and confined merely to external observations and rituals, thelaw became an instrument of oppression. Jesus criticized the Pharisees andscribes for doing so. By healing a sick person on the Sabbath, Jesus taught thatthe Sabbath is for man and not the other way around. Jesus came to lead us tofreedom as children of God after releasing us from the bondages of sin,sickness and the law. Every one who came to Jesus was led by him, from spiritual, mental and physical slavery to an experience of freedom 

    5. The Year Acceptable to the Lord


                     Jesus declared the year acceptable to the Lord. The year acceptable tothe Lord is one where debts are written off, mercy is shown to widows andorphans, the yoke of injustice and inequality is broken, There is no hatred or vengeance and everything is shared with the poor. One of the missions ofJ esus was the building of a society where the virtues of equality, fraternity andbrotherly love grow and flourish. By announcing the gospel of the Kingdom of God he taught us how this can be accomplished.

    The Gospels


                             The disciples of Jesus recorded with the help of divine inspiration, thethings he taught, the works or signs he performed, and the facts collected abouthis birth, childhood and public life. The Gospels are Holy Scriptures thus written. We have four gospels, named after their authors, Mathew, Mark, Lukeand John. These are the first four books of the New Testament. When we read these gospels contemplatively, the greatness of the Kingdom of God announced by Jesus becomes clear to us.

    Jesus Who Announces the Kingdom of God


                               Jesus begins his public life with the proclamation,“The kingdom of God has come near, repent, and believe in the good news”(Mk 1: 14 - 15). He announced this gospel (good news) on the hill tops, by the roadsides and the fields.


                            Jesus gave proof of the Kingdom of God through several miracles such as the feeding of a multitude with a few loaves of bread and the healing of the sick and the possessed. Through his word and his presence, this kingdom of God was made manifest to the people.


                           St. Paul teaches that “the Kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”(Rom.14: 17). In the Lord's prayer we always pray, “Thy Kingdom come”.The Kingdom of God is acondition wherein we live in a state of universal love, considering God as the Father and all humanity as brothers and sisters and as such sharing what we have.It is a community of people who live fulfilling the will of God.


                           The mission of the Church is to establish this state of affairs on earth. Acting as the yeast, the Church strives to spread the Kingdom of God on earth, through its presence, prayer and works. These efforts bear fruit through us, the children of God.

    Let us Pray


    O! Jesus, who preached the Gospel to the poor, help us to be your witnesses by leading a life according to your Gospel.

    Read the Word of God and Narrate


    John 9 :1-34

    Word of God for our Guidance


    "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord' will enter the Kingdom of
    heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in Heaven"(Matthew. 7:21).

    Let us do


    Present a skit in the class based on the the healing of a blind man by Jesus.

    My Decision


    I will recite repeatedly the prayer: Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me a sinner!