“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.”
Yes, we need to hear that.
They did back then too.
Those listeners in Nazareth. Like us, they needed to know you have not forgotten about us.
That we are your chosen people. That you are OUR God.
If you had left it there, it would have been fine Jesus.
More than fine, for some of us.
But you didn’t leave it there, did you?
No, you talked about: all those we want to forget, exclude, alienate, subjugate, scapegoat, dismiss.
All those “others” we want to pretend don’t matter to you.
“Leave us alone” we cry, shame rising, anger building
They can take care of themselves—they can turn to their own gods
Why should we care about them?
But your message rings out: in God there is no “us” and “them.”
There is only You.
With your Spirit, empower and impassion us to work for that freedom!
Prayer by the Rev. Marty Molengraaf, minister at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Kitchener, Ontario.