REFLECT – Day 17:
Most of my family history is made up of builders and farmers. General labourers who worked hard to provide for their families and create some sort of decent life in various parts of the country. The jobs in my family may have expanded slightly in recent years, bankers, designers, charity workers, and still the occasional farmer. But the hard work ethic continues to flow through our blood.
Imagine then when I announced I was going to train to be a vicar. What? Isn’t this a Williams, isn’t this Gwyn’s son? It’s certainly broke the trend.
Today’s passage is a clear moment in Jesus life when he stood up and declared something which shocked people and raised questions. But it’s also a clear moment of Jesus revealing his identity to us.
Read Luke 4:16-22
In Luke’s gospel, the first public act of Jesus ministry is here in the synagogue in Nazareth. Jesus reads a portion of the Book of Isaiah (mainly from chapter 61) as a kind of manifesto for his ministry.
Jesus’ life is good news in action. The poor hear the good news. Captives are set free. The bling receive sight. The oppressed are delivered.
Each one of these (and more) flows out of Jesus’ hunger and thirst for justice – for the world to be as God intends it to be.
The Christian faith is about far more than personal righteousness or seeking a place in heaven. Part of being a Christian is sharing this longing for the world to be set right, for God’s kingdom to come. Part of being a Christian is believe that the kingdom will come one day and this deep longing will be satisfied.
For now, we feed this longing through searching God’s word, being steadfast in our prayers, participating in the worshipping life of our Church and reaching out in our communities motivated by all that has come before.
I lift up my eyes to the hills;
from where is my help to come?
My help comes from the Lord,
the maker of heaven and earth.
Write your own short manifesto. How do you long for the world to be different?