Thursday, September 25, 2008

Luke 4:14- 21: Good news to the poor, release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free


What would Jesus do?

From today's morning prayer readings, on the day of prayer and fasting for the Millennium Development Goals, no less. Jesus enters the synagogue, and the reading that opens for him gives a strident and courageous statement of mission and service. If Jesus came to bring good news to the poor, release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, and freedom for the oppressed, it seems to me that followers of Jesus should also put these goals uppermost in our work and ministry. I pray that God helps us in these holy tasks, and also gives us strength and courage to accomplish them.

~ The Rev. Peter M. Carey

Luke 4:14- 21

14 Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15 He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. 16 When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: 18 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." 20 And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 Then he began to say to them, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."

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