He comes to his hometown synagogue and from the scroll handed to him he proclaims the Word of God from the prophet Isaiah; “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, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Imagine for a moment what must have been going through the minds of his neighbors and childhood friends. This was Mary and Joseph’s son...how can he claim to be “the anointed one” of God?
They must have wondered “who does he think he is?” Jesus proclaims that he is filled with the Holy Spirit and has come to do the work of God.
And as members of the Body of Christ we too are filled with the Holy Spirit and are called to do the very things that Jesus proclaimed he was sent to do!
We are called to “be” good news for the poor and help those held captive by war, poverty, racism -- to proclaim the Good News to all those held captive by anything that diminishes them or holds them back from being who God has made them to be.
We are called to bring recovery of sight to all those who are blinded by anger or hatred, by loving them and walking with them in the midst of their darkness.
We are called to proclaim that the mercy and grace of God lavishly pours down upon all women and men! To proclaim they are not left abandoned in the midst of their suffering and loneliness, no they are “the beloved” and God is with them!
And so we ask ourselves, how have I felt the Spirit of God wash over me?
In the midst of all the world’s woes, in the midst of this horrible pandemic, what is the Spirit calling me to in my life at this time?
And how and to whom am I being called to proclaim the Good News? And, we can indeed do this for surely the Spirit of the Lord is upon us!