When they heard the Scripture, when they heard the interpretation, when they understood what God meant for them to do, they wept.
The words were old even in their time but they were words for their time.
Their leaders told them not to despair but to enjoy--and to share--the gifts that the Lord had provided for them.
The lectionary has paired this passage with that of the one from Luke, both telling of religious leaders in a religious gathering, reminding people of their gifts and obligations.
People do not always respond well to sermons. Read ahead to Luke 4:21-30.