Good News For All (4 December 2018)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

Jesus went back to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and as usual he went to the meeting place on the Sabbath. When he stood up to read from the Scriptures, he was given the book of Isaiah the prophet. He opened it and read,

“The Lord’s Spirit
    has come to me,
because he has chosen me
to tell the good news
    to the poor.
The Lord has sent me
to announce freedom
    for prisoners,
to give sight to the blind,
to free everyone
    who suffers,
 and to say, ‘This is the year
    the Lord has chosen.’”

 Jesus closed the book, then handed it back to the man in charge and sat down. Everyone in the meeting place looked straight at Jesus.

Then Jesus said to them, “What you have just heard me read has come true today.”

 All the people started talking about Jesus and were amazed at the wonderful things he said. They kept on asking, “Isn’t he Joseph’s son?”

(Luke 4.16-22)

Reflect: 

Jesus starts his public ministry in a synagogue proclaiming a year of jubilee. He reads from the book of Isaiah, words which tell of the Messiah’s ministry to people who were suffering. Jesus was coming with freedom and good news for troubled people. A new era of salvation has begun; he was the fulfilment of this ancient promise.

Respond: 

Who could you encourage, even bring joy to today? Who do you know who is suffering in some way – what could you do to lighten their day or bring a smile to their face?

Midday Meditation:

When the poor receive the good news, when the captives are released, when the blind receive their sight, when the oppressed are liberated, who can withhold the shout of jubilee?

(Richard J. Foster Celebration of Discipline)                                                                                                                                                                        

Evening Reflection:

Jesus didn't say, 'Blessed are those who care for the poor.' He said, 'Blessed are we where we are poor, where we are broken.' It is there that God loves us deeply and pulls us into deeper communion with himself.’

(Henri Nouwen)

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