Here we have the heart of Jesus' message. Walter Russell Bowie called this gospel, "the
compassionate Christ." The heart of that compassion began when Jesus stood up in his
hometown and unrolled the Isaiah scroll. He told people he had known all his life what he
had come to do: "Bring good news to the poor ... proclaim release to the captives ...
recover sight to the blind ... let the oppressed go free and proclaim that moment was the
year of the Lord's favor." One translation adds: "to heal the brokenhearted." And so the
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I have just recently returned from an out-of-town trip, and as I read our selected passages for this week, I find myself reminded of the days leading up to that trip. With a few exceptions, most of the traveling that you and I do is known in advance and planned. And therefore the days leading up to our departure are filled with deliberate preparations.
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2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 In an economy like ours that values flexibility, experience and loyalty matter less and less (Alan Wolfe, Moral Freedom: The Search for Virtue in World of Choice, pp.23ff .). The loyalty to legacy is what this story of Elijah and Elisha’s loyalty to the former’s prophetic legacy is all about.
Faith involves this kind of loyalty to roots. What Pope Paul VI once said about the liturgy could be applied to Christian life in general:
I think that we are in a battle for the soul of the church. I'm not just talking about my Presbyterian denomination, although it certainly has its problems. I'm suggesting that we are in a battle for the soul of the whole church in our time.