1 John 4:19–5:4/ Psalms 72:1-2, 14 /Luke 4:14-22
“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, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” The mission of mercy that Jesus announced over 2,000 years ago is still the mission we are called to be part of today. Beloved, many are still around us who are poor, oppressed, brokenhearted, and mourning. Whenever you help any of these you give expression to the mission of Christ. This mission is a demonstration of service to our brothers and sisters. Precisely because of this the first reading says “He who loves God should love his brother also. Beloved, we cannot claim to love God and disobey is commandment or refuse to express his mission to love and liberate the world.
Let us pray
Grant us, Lord God, the vision of your kingdom. Grant us forgiveness and new life. Grant us the stirring of your Spirit so that we may proclaim your love and change this world. May your Spirit make us wise. May your Spirit guide us. May your Spirit strengthen us so that we may be strong in the faith, courageous in witness, and persistent in good deeds. God the Sender, send us. God the Sent, come with us. God the strengthener of those who go, empower us so that we may go with you and find those who will call you Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.