ABM Reflection

 

In today’s gospel reading we learn of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee and that he was praised by everyone. We go on to learn that he read from the prophet Isaiah at a synagogue where he announces God’s mission to his hearers – a mission of good news to the poor, release for captives, recovery of sight to the blind, liberty to the oppressed, and one where God’s favour is proclaimed.

  • Lord, loose me from anything that binds me in mind, body or spirit, so that I might share in the glorious freedom you offer to all who listen to your voice.
  • Give thanks for the Daehan Seong Gong Hoe, the Anglican Church of Korea.

Text:           Robert McLean
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gospel Reflection

Epiphany 3

23 January, 2022

“It’s funny to us as we’re so used to worms and viruses being bad news rather than making the world a better place.” – Graham Cluley

The hometown boy is back again in Nazareth with all the folks who knew him as a baby, a little kid and as a teenager.  He gets up in the familiar synagogue and reads from the Prophet Isaiah (Luke 4:17-19).  He then applies the Isaiah message to himself.  Therefore, he is saying that he himself has been anointed to bring good news.  So have we.  In many Christian traditions people are anointed at Baptism and Confirmation.  We are even anointed when we receive the Sacrament of the Sick.  This is no longer called “Last Rites” since we are anointed for healing in order to carry on our Christian lives, not necessarily for its termination.  The anointing, according to the definition of a sacrament, is an outward sign of an inward grace.  Even those traditions that do not anoint still have the inward grace.  Therefore, physically anointed or not, the Spirit of the Lord is upon us all to bring good news.  Looking at the examples in the Isaiah reading that Jesus refers to, imagine the intensity of the good news to hear that you are no longer poor, no longer a captive, no longer blind, no longer oppressed (see Greek below).  Any of us would know that this is indeed the year of the Lord’s favor (Luke 4:19).  Imagine some modern examples: we are no longer unemployed, we no longer have cancer, the child at risk in the pregnant womb is born safely and named after you, the farmer in drought walks in the rain wet by the downpour and by his joyful tears.  What good news!  But we might say we cannot perform miracles.  However, as individuals we can indeed do much.  Remember the Spirit of God is upon us.  Only if we think we are alone, an extreme individualism, are we limited.   Collectively we can also do what will seem like miracles.  The Spirit of God gives us vision to see solutions even in destructive things.  Graham Cluley in the above quote is speaking of worms and viruses that destroy computers.  He has been able to use worms and viruses for security.  He turned around the evil into good to make the world a better place.  Good cyber news!  We as individuals and as people together, with the Spirit of God upon us, spiritually anointing us, can turn anything around into good news.  God has never stopped working miracles through us.

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St Barnabas’ Parish Prayer

Lord,

May the people of this Parish be never ceasing in prayer, so that we may all be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

Help us to lead lives worthy of God, fully pleasing to him while bearing fruit in every good work.

May we all be made strong in the power of God, who rescues us from the powers of darkness and transfers us to the Kingdom of his Son in whom we have forgiveness of sins,

Amen