Oridinary Time Week 3: Thursday
Mass of Installation of
Bishop Christopher J Coyne SLD
Tenth Bishop of Burlington, Vermont

“Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news of him spread throughout the whole region.” (Luke 4:14)

Origen of Alexandria comments on this verse from the Gospel proclaimed at the Installation Mass of Bishop Coyne today::

“First of all, “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days.” When Jesus was being tempted by the devil, the word spirit is put down twice without any qualification since the Lord still had to struggle against him. See what is written about the Spirit emphatically and carefully, after he had fought and had overcame the three temptations that Scripture mentions. The passage says, “Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit.” “Power” has been added, because he had trodden down the dragon and conquered the tempter in hand-to-hand combat. So “Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to the land of Galilee, and reports about him went out to the whole surrounding region. He was teaching in their synagogues, and was glorified by all.” (Homilies on the Gospel of Luke, 32)

O God,
who in the power of the Holy Spirit
have sent your Word to announce
good news to the poor, grant that,
with eyes fixed upon him,
we may ever live in sincere charity,
made heralds and witnesses of his Gospel in all the world.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen