Reflection for December 14th by Pepe Demarest, Pastoral Intern
This commissioning that we read today is so familiar from Luke’s Gospel, where Jesus says, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:21). But in Luke’s story, this is where the hometown people reject him. I wonder if Jesus had finished this passage, if they would have been as angry with him? Jesus is going to proclaim liberty, release prisoners, and bind up the oppressed for more than just liberating them. These people will be the “oaks of righteousness” who will repair the ruined cities. While I am grateful for my liberation, my freedom from sin and selfishness, I need to remember that I am freed for others. Because God has freed me, I need to help renew the devastation that is present in our world.
Prayer: Oh God present in our darkness, free us form whatever binds us so that we may be free for the world You so love. Amen.