The second of the alternative Gospel acclamations in the Lectionary for Sunday reminded us of Christ’s mission, our vocation also:
The Lord has sent me to bring the good news to the poor,
to proclaim liberty to captives.
The vocation is our privilege and yet it is a costly one. This week’s Gospel had Jesus manhandled by a crowd wanting to throw him down a cliff. The description of his (our) calling week in last week’s Gospel – for all the admiration it provokes in Nazareth – also calls for active, pro-active, living.
The spirit of the Lord has been given to me,
for he has anointed me.
He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor,
to proclaim liberty to captives
and to the blind new sight,
to set the downtrodden free,
to proclaim the Lord’s year of favour.
cf Luke 4.14ff
- Who are the poor to whom you are called? In what form do you offer them good news?
- Who the captives? And what the liberty?
- And the blind, and new sight?
- And freedom to the downtrodden?
Poster, Marseilles. (c) 2013, Allen Morris