The Great Reversal

Daily reading: Luke 4:14-30
Monday January 16, 2017

Luke helps us, from the beginning of his gospel, know what kind of power we are talking about.  It has been stated rather obviously in Mary’s song, in Zechariah’s prophecy, and in John’s words that he spoke in the Jordan River. 

Now as Jesus stands in his home town synagogue, he reads from the prophet Isaiah from the 61st chapter. 

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
Because the Lord has anointed me.
He has sent me to preach good news
To the poor,
To proclaim release to the prisoners
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To liberate the oppressed,
And to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

When we look at the list of who Jesus has come to send good news, the one thing they have in common is that they are ones that do not have power.

Jesus has been sent to bring good news to the poor, the captive, the blind and the oppressed.

In theological circles, this is what we call the great reversal, the moment when we acknowledge that things in our world are up-side-down in comparison to God’s Kingdom.

Prayer: Compassionate God, help me to fully see other’s that have been hidden from my sight.  Help me to be present in their struggles and empower me to be moved by the Spirit.  Amen.


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