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January 27, 2019

Jesus’ confirmation was just as awkward as yours

Luke 4:14-21

14Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.
16When Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
18“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
The Lord has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
20And Jesus rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

Jesus’ ministry was about helping us all to see this unfolding story of God’s love for us all. Confirmation ministry – is about helping new disciples discover the power of this love at work in their lives. Jesus began his ministry with these words read from a scroll of the prophet Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” Jesus’ theme for us is to see that the kingdom of God is inextricably tied to helping the poor, releasing prisoners, healing the sick. We can’t understand the story of God’s love unless we understand those things as well. Which is why in Baptism, we ask parents and sponsors and eventually Confirmation students, if they will “strive for justice and peace in all the world, proclaiming Christ in both word and deed, and caring for others and the world God has given to us.” Jesus is confirming and AFFIRMING this work that we do as the community that gathers around this central story of God’s salvation.

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