This is one of my favorite readings because it invites us all to join Jesus in his ministry. In the first chapter, Luke addresses us (the hearers) as “Theophilis” which means “lover of God.” As ‘lovers of God’ we have all been anointed through baptism and perhaps in other ways, to “bring glad tidings to the poor . . . proclaim liberty to captives . . . free the oppressed” and so on. A perfect reading for the Year of Mercy!
As Jesus read from the Book of Isaiah, he was reading about a jubilee year—a year of sharing God’s abundant love. This year as we journey through the Jubilee Year of Mercy, each one of us is called to shower those we encounter with God’s abundance love!
Who are the people you know who need help seeing life a serious loss—of a job, health, home, or a loved one. What might help them see glimpses of God with them through this grief? How might those glimpses help them move through their grief? What would hope for liberty feel like for the many refugees we read and hear about daily? What would a fresh start look like and feel like?
Perhaps the liberty needed is moving out of a dysfunctional relationship.
As we learn more about the situation in Flint, Michigan, it occurs to me that in so many ways these people have been oppressed and unnoticed by people responsible for their well-being.
Today’s Gospel gives us a big nudge to live as “lovers of God” and use this Jubilee Year of Mercy to “proclaim [this] year acceptable to the Lord”.
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC