Devotion - July 22, 2020

Luke 4:16-20a

16. He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read,

17. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him.

Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18. “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for

the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed,

19. to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

20. Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down.

Reflection by Darlene Wagner

This is the first time in the Gospel of Luke that Jesus quotes from the prophet Isaiah. It would not be the last, for Christ bolstered up his teachings with the words of Isaiah, Jeremiah, the Psalmist, and the minor prophets. During Christ’s life on earth, what we call the Old Testament was the entirety of scriptures. There was not yet a New Testament, for that would take another century to become canon. Consequently, Christ’s message was a simple one, care for the most vulnerable and marginalized in society. Through the commission of His disciples, Jesus would bring good news for the poor, liberty to the prisoners, sight for the blind, and redemption for the oppressed. His commission continues to this day yet learning how to follow it can be a great challenge. Centuries of doctrinal baggage have too often obstructed the simplicity of Christ’s message.


To hear the wisdom of your words Dear Holy One I pray

Let my heart open up and be remade!

To share your healing strength and life-restoring love

with everyone I meet, breath in me guidance from above!

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