Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Luke Four: Fourteen through Twenty-One

Prior to the investiture of Katharine Jefferts Schori as Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church the Episcopal News Service reported that “in her sermons, Bishop Jefferts Schori will call on Christians to live the gospel – especially in terms of eradicating poverty, hunger and disease, both locally and globally, as advocated in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

In the gospel lesson (Luke 4:14-21) Jesus reads from Isaiah 61, one of the bishop’s favorite passages, which Jesus takes as his own mission “to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted; to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor ...”

Bishop Katharine (as she says she prefers to be called) invited the whole church to share in meditating on these texts in the days and weeks before her Investiture. And lo it came to pass that a blog was created to share responses to that invitation: to reflect together on "the year of the Lord’s favor."

As Luke 4:14-21 has now rolled around in the lectionary cycle for Epiphany 3C I thought it might be fun to revisit that concept and see where people "are" about the whole year of the Lord's favor thing ... how's it going for you? What are you preaching Sunday (if you're a preacher)? And what would you like to hear preached (if you're not)? And how are we -- as a church and as a communion -- doing on the good news to the oppressed part?

Click here to go to "The Year of the Lord's Favor" and put in your two cents worth!

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