In the Gospel lesson taken from Luke 4:14-21, we see Jesus in public at a synagogue in Nazareth and he reads a passage from the book of Isaiah which had been written at least 700 years before in which the prophet Isaiah had written about the coming of the Messiah. What would be the purpose of this Messiah? Jesus answered the question by reading that passage from the ancient book of Isaiah, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." He then rolled up the scroll and handed it to the attendant and finished by saying, "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."
That is God's agenda. Jesus focuses on community-people so deeply committed to one another he calls them a family. He works with the people he meets-regular people, who are far from perfect. He transforms this band of imperfect people into a group who will transform the world. This group will fulfill the prophet's words, following in the footsteps of Jesus himself. And just as Jesus worked wherever he was needed--even in a distant outpost instead of the center of a powerful empire--so they will work in their communities to meet the needs they find there. And so, too, can we. It's what we are called to do. What's the good news that Jesus has come to proclaim? Jesus is the Good News.
The worship services at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Runge are Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. with Adult Bible Study of Revelation and Sunday School for children following the service. All are welcome to worship with our family of believers.
Psalm 19:14 "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer." Amen.