The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
Isaiah 61:1

Isaiah 61 illustrates of trajectory of liberation which shows us how the oppressed become the most powerful liberators in our midst. Jesus’ first, public declaration proclaims good news for the poor—calling the oppressed into liberation, from self-hatred to an all embracing love, from addiction to sobriety, from hopeless despair to powerful examples of freedom. Bearing witness to oppression allows us to recognize the dark corners of our own oppressed hearts.

Amidst the suffering of the oppressed is how we experience Divine light—the experience of God’s glory in the form of humanity.

God, may I see the oppression of our world as a mirror to the oppression within myself. Bring light into the darkness that I hide. Amen.