Nehemiah 8:2-6,8-10; Psalms 19:8-10,15; I Corinthians 12:12-30; Luke 1:1-4;4:14-21
In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus goes into the synagogue on the Sabbath Day, as usual. There He reads from the scroll of the Prophet Isaiah:
“The Spirit of the Lord has been given to Me, for He has anointed Me … to set the downtrodden free. This text is being fulfilled today, even as you listen” (Lk. 4:18,21).
Today, right now, even as you listen, if you’re feeling mighty low, if you’re feeling trapped in your life situation, if you’re feeling that life isn’t fair, if you’re in a state of terrible grief, if you’re feeling lonely or abandoned or rejected or betrayed — in other words, if you’re feeling like one of the downtrodden (as we all do from time-to-time) — Jesus Christ, the Anointed One, wants to set you free.
A young businessman was killed in an automobile accident. His widow had been left with several small children to raise and her elderly mother to care for. Over the years, she had devoted…
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