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.