This Sunday’s gospel lectionary passage is an interesting one. Jesus goes to the synagogue and reads the scripture passage as many of you have done on a typical Sunday morning. Except this time, he reads the ancient and well-known passage from Isaiah, which speaks of somebody who would come to “bring good news to the poor, proclaim release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” People are astonished and silenced because they sense that this is no ordinary reading–that perhaps this moment contains a significant reveal of who Jesus is.
We continue this season of Epiphany, the season filled with “aha!” moments of who Jesus really is. We got a glimpse of his significance with the long journey of the wisemen to see this toddler born to a middle-lower class family. This past Sunday, we learned about his first miracle when he turned water into wine and we continue this awakening process as we explore this passage that is much more explicit about his identity. Jesus uses an important scripture, a significant scripture to the Jews, to reveal who he is…and God always does this in our lives. God uses very important and relevant markers in our lives as touchpoints to help us understand God. And we need all the help we can get because God can be difficult for us to understand.
Also this Sunday is United Methodist Women’s Sunday, where we celebrate the objectives of UMW and all they have done in our own congregation and in the world. We will recognize and bless the new leadership. Speaking of that famous Isaiah passage, their entire ministry is dedicated to doing everything that it contains.
I hope you will come out this Sunday to hear more about what God is about, what touchpoints God uses to speak to us in our lives and to be inspired by the work of UMW.
In this together,