Week beginning: 8th May, 2016
By Brent Haywood | Edinburgh
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."
And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."Luke 4:18-19 (ESV)
What is heard through the everyday noise?
As I pen this thought from Edinburgh, the people of Scotland are selecting their representatives for Holyrood; indeed throughout the UK various elections are taking place. During this campaign season countless words have circulated - questions from voters and policies proclaimed by candidates. I wonder what gets heard through the noise of many words?
Jesus was always careful in what he said. Often he delivered his message by using very few words, yet those words always penetrated. In this passage Jesus opens the scroll, reads from Isaiah and proclaims, "today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing".
His message is clear, concise and challenging. Jesus' call on our lives is to follow him. By the power of the Holy Spirit we follow and emulate not only what he said but also how he said it. You may have read this passage many times; do so now through the lens of your calling as a lawyer in the place or situation you are right now. If we are to answer Jesus' call to follow him, is there an obvious and unstrained application for you this day?
1. That in our work we might see the obvious ways to follow him in deed and word.
2. That we would discern what it means to "proclaim" in the context of our daily living, choosing our words with care.
3. For those in authority, that they would govern transparently.