Thursday, April 17, 2014

Do This

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.  Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.  He said to them, “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”  Luke 4:18-21

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly, to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, To announce a year of favor from the LORD and a day of vindication by our God, to comfort all who mourn; To place on those who mourn in Zion a diadem instead of ashes, To give them oil of gladness in place of mourning, a glorious mantle instead of a listless spirit.  (Isaiah 61:1-3A)

The spirit of the Lord is upon me. The promise of the covenant is fulfilled this day just as it was on the first day of Jesus’ public ministry as he read from the scrolls.
Our waiting is over.  Our savior was born.  Emmanuel is with us.  Our Lenten season of fasting, almsgiving and prayer is at an end. 
Now begins the end of the beginning of the end.  Until Friday, when we will hear those words that mark the end of the beginning when the spirit of the Lord is no longer upon Him.  When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.”  And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.  (John 19:30)
Holy Thursday is a day marked with two distinct celebrations.  During the day, we celebrate the presence of the Lord and the blessing that the priests represent as they continue the presence to this day.  By evening, we are celebrating the Last Supper before Jesus departs. 

The body, once alive, will soon be a soul-less shell, a barren cadaver to be anointed with the oils that were so controversial in Monday’s Gospel.  For three days, we will live in darkness.  However, for now, we celebrate the presence of Jesus with us, all that has been and will be possible thanks to the ransom that will be paid. 
Glad tidings.
Today is a day of paying attention and listening carefully to what Jesus does and says so we can be prepared to put His plan for us into action.  
Who serves as priest, prophet and king in your life?  Thank them for their presence.

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