God’s Alliance With the Poor

Advent Meditation for Dec 21 2013
Read Isaiah 61:1-11, Luke 4:16-29, Psalm 103:1-5, and Matthew 25:40-45

Today re-read Isaiah 61:1-11, Luke 4:16-29, Psalm 103:1-5, and Matthew 25:40-45.  Compare the prophetic mission of Jesus  with the King’s judgment in Matthew 25 and with the praise of God in Psalm 103:

Surely God’s alliance is with the poor!  Jesus the “nobody” is Christ the King!

The   Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me. He has sent me: Come, you that are blessed by my Father,   inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for… Bless the Lord, O my soul and all that is   within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget   all his benefits–

Isaiah 61

Luke 4

Matthew 25

Psalm 103

to   bring good news to the oppressed to   bring good news to the poor I   was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to   drink… I was naked and you gave me clothing — who crowns you with steadfast love   and mercy,
to   bind up the brokenhearted to   proclaim release to the captives I   was a stranger and you welcomed me —   who forgives all your iniquity,
to   proclaim liberty to the captives to   proclaim recovery of sight to the blind I   was sick and you took care of me —   who heals all your diseases,
to   proclaim release to the prisoners to   let the oppressed go free I   was in prison and you visited me — who redeems your life from   destruction
to   proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor to   proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor “Truly   I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members   of my family, you did it to me.” — who satisfies you with good as long   as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s
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About Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith has 20 years’ experience in technical writing and management in software companies. She also has more than 20 years in Christian ministry as an educator, course designer, retreat leader, spiritual director, pastor, and coach. A United Methodist Deacon, Smith has her M.Div. from Boston University. She is a graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, and is certified in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Leadership from Boston College.
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