He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners, 
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
    and the day of vengeance of our God,
Isaiah 61:1-2a

 

God brings about liberation through the oppressed.

 

We see this time and time again where, true to Christ’s nature, liberation comes from the most unlikely places: from feeding troughs and slave chains, from the wilderness and from ghettos, from the oppressed and the oppressors, from Gentiles and Samaritans, from the hands of murderers and the hearts of womanizers, from women of royalty and women in prostitution. There, as we become a witness to God’s work that uplifts the poor—perhaps we begin to see them in a different light: as liberators and saviors—saving us from the bondage that we didn’t even know we were in.

 

God, let us see you through the eyes of the oppressed, the hearts of the abused, the faces of the poor, the hands of laborers and the feet of the enslaved. Free us as we labor to free the oppressed. Amen.