Bringing Good News
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor … to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”
16 When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
18 ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’
20 And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.
In Luke Chapter 4, Jesus sets out a bold and broad vision for of his mission, quoting the prophet Isaiah. He comes to bring good news to the poor, to bring about freedom, healing and justice in a needy world.
Christians are called to continue Christ’s mission to the world. The Anglican Communion’s has identified five marks (or characteristics) of mission. Number 5 is: To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
A great way for churches to treasure the earth is to join A Rocha’s Eco Church scheme. It provides a range of resources and advice. Is your church a member? Could it be?
Prayer for the week
God is love, let heaven adore him;
God is love, let earth rejoice;
let creation sing before him
and exalt him with one voice.
God who laid the earth’s foundation,
God who spread the heavens above,
God who breathes through all creation:
God is love, eternal love.
Timothy Rees (1874-1939)
Pray for the needs of our world
Jesus began his work saying that he was sent “to bring good news to the poor”. Christians are called to pray and work for a fairer world. This includes taking care to protect the life of the whole earth, including its animals and plants.