Anointed to Fulfill by Patrick Henry Reardon
As It Is Written . . .
Anointed to Fulfill
by Patrick Henry Reardon
Relatively early in St. Luke's two books—the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles—are two compact and programmatic scenes. The pronounced correspondences between them encourage the reader to examine these passages together.
The first scene presents Jesus engaged in the public reading of Isaiah in the synagogue at Nazareth: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, / because he has anointed me / to preach the gospel to the poor; / He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives / and recovery . . .