“And he (Jesus) came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up; and he went to the synagogue, as his custom was, on the sabbath day. And he stood up to read; and there was given to him the book of the prophet Isaiah. He opened the book and found the place where it was written, ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recoveringof sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable/favorable (δεκτόν) year of the Lord.’ And he closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’” (Lk 4: 16-21)
When, exactly, is this “favorable year” of the Lord, – that is to say, the time described by Isaiah, when liberty and release and sight are to be offered to the poor, the captive, the oppressed, and the blind? It is “today.” Σήμερον. And it is every day, ever since the coming into our midst of Jesus Christ and His governing Spirit.
He hasn’t gone anywhere, nor has He ceased to proclaim this good news “in my hearing,” whenever I have the good sense to give Him the floor, my mouth shut and my eyes “fixed on Him.” Because by “poor” and “captive” and “blind” and “oppressed” He means me, when I try to manage “today” without Him. So I let Him be heard today, as He relieves me of the bondage of self, with its delusions and stress, saying to me: “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”