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sexta-feira, 15 de julho de 2016
GOOD NEWS FOR ALL
Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners.
Isaiah 61:1 (read 61:1-6) NIV
The poor, the
afflicted, slaves and prisoners were recipients of this message of the prophet
Isaiah. The people were returning from exile to their devastated land. Isaiah
felt that the Lord had given him a mission to encourage them on the almost
impossible task of recovery! The good news was that the day of redemption had
already arrived and the Eternal was acting. The task of the people was to do
what was right and with divine blessing rebuild what was ruined.
later, Luke reports that Jesus used this text (61.1-2a) to describe his mission
(Luke 4.16-28). At first, the listeners rejoiced with the pronouncement of
Jesus, but soon after, they were furious with his interpretation of the text!
They rushed him and tried to kill him!
the words of Isaiah to refer only to the Israelites. They thought that they
were the chosen people and should be served by the Gentiles and that they had a
privileged place among the peoples of the earth as "priests of the
Sovereign Lord" by coming to possess great wealth. Jesus disagreed. For
Jesus all of humankind was included and Israel would have no privileged place.
Nobody should ascend at the expense of others. The blessings of the Father are
for everyone, regardless of race, nationality, creed or social status. Jesus
also said that prophets are always rejected in their own land. Jesus was
rejected because he did not assign to his hearers a special place in the divine
order and even included outcasts in God’s care.
centuries many Christians have called themselves the "New Israel",
creating what they think is a new privileged class. They think that only the
Church is of God and that divine grace is concentrated there. They divide world
between the sacred which is the Church and the secular which is the rest of the
world. To this mindset, to evangelize is to present Jesus in a
"package" that includes the "Church and its dogmas". It
rejects the idea that God also acts in other religions and creeds and even
outside of them.
Jesus cited the
Book of Isaiah and included all the disadvantaged: the poor, the afflicted,
slaves and prisoners. Jesus went beyond the popular prejudices, ignoring all
barriers and including everyone under God’s gracious acts.
Spirit continues to challenge the evils that afflict our world. The greatest
affliction is humanity's environmental and social alienation. To profess to be
a follower of Jesus and raise further barriers of exclusion is a major
inconsistency. We are more interdependent than ever. We need to approach each
other with the good news of solidarity. We need work together to plant love in
the fields of hate, friendship in the fields of enmity and generosity in the
fields of greed.