Awakening a Keen Observer

Tuesday, July 10, 2007


I was reading the writing of a young woman who is entering ministry in the PCUSA Irene Pak. this is what she wrote.
It's the passage from Luke when Jesus gets up in the temple and reads the scroll of Isaiah that is handed to him. I'm going to quote the passage and share my reinterpretation that I shared with the youth on the Isaiah text itself.

"When Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

The Spirit of the Lord is on me and within me
And because of that I have been anointed, healed, and empowered to bring good news to the poor: the ones we see on the corner asking for change or food; the ones we ignore; the ones who are lonely.
The Spirit has sent me to say something about all that holds us back from freedom and from us loving one another, and wants me to help us take the blindfolds off our eyes so that we dare to really see each other as we are,
To let the things that might tie and weigh us down like money, too much stuff, perfect grades, shoes and video games go FREE,
To proclaim that NOW is the time to talk and start caring about people and a world we might not have thought about before.

And Jesus rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them. 'Today, this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.' All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, 'Is not this Joseph's son?"

How would you make the Scriptures speak to you? What holds us back from freedom and loving one another?
God abides
Bobbie G. McGarey


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