The spirit of the Lord has been given to me,
for the Lord has anointed me.
He has sent me to bring good news to the poor,
to bind up hearts that are broken;
to proclaim liberty to captives,
freedom to those in prison;
to proclaim a year of favour from the Lord.
‘I exult for joy in the Lord,
my soul rejoices in my God,
for he has clothed me in the garments of salvation,
he has wrapped me in the cloak of integrity,
like a bridegroom wearing his wreath,
like a bride adorned in her jewels.
‘For as the earth makes fresh things grow,
as a garden makes seeds spring up,
so will the Lord make both integrity and praise
spring up in the sight of the nations.’
First reading for the 3rd Sunday of Advent
The prophecy of Isaiah gives us all hope. It reminds of the desire of God that all should be restored to life and health and wholeness.
And it gives those who believe a mission, a work to do. We are called to share good news and make the good news visible in lives of love and service, especially for those most in need.
- How might you do this today?
Light catcher, Prison Sainte Anne, Avignon, France. (c) Allen Morris, 2014.