Sep 242020

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because [God] has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. [God] has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  (Luke 4:18–19)

With election season upon us, it is fitting that we read Jesus’ inauguration speech from the Gospel according to Luke. These are the first public words that Jesus utters and they set the trajectory of his mission and ministry throughout the gospel. He will bring equity to those who are poor, justice to those who are imprisoned, healing to those who are blind, and liberty to those who are held captive – Jesus will usher in the peaceful and just kingdom of God where there is perfect balance, perfect harmony, perfect shalom. Jesus lived this mission, he called his disciples to live out this mission, and now, we are being called to live into this mission. – rc

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