January 27, 2019
Nehemiah 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10
Psalm 19: 8,9,10,15
"Today the scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing"...
I don't know about you, but if I was sitting in that synagogue (not that I would have been able to say anything as a woman), I would have thought to myself "Who does this guy think he is? Seems like a pretty cocky and bold statement to me...'scripture being fulfilled in him.'"
How did he say this? And not just to anyone, but to the people of his home town, the people who saw him through every human year growing up, including those pesky hormonal teenage years we conveniently know nothing about.
It seems to me that the only way that it was possible for Jesus to feel so confident in his calling, would be through community. Deep communion with the Holy Spirit and his Abba gave him the confidence to name and be certain of his calling to proclaim liberty to captives, sight to the blind, and let the oppressed go free. Even in the times he must have been uncertain of this call, he could rely on the certainty of his Abba and that love/spirit between them, not to mention the support and sense of belonging he received from his family. You don't grow up with a Mama who said the words of the Magnificat and not learn at least some sense of your call.