Week 3 : Thursday 17 December

posted 13 Nov 2015, 20:58 by Solihull Parish   [ updated 13 Nov 2015, 21:01 ]

Luke 4: 16-24


16 When 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 he has anointed me
     to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
   and recovery of sight to the blind,
     to let the oppressed go free, 
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’ 
20And he 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.’ 22All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, ‘Is not this Joseph’s son?’ 23He said to them, ‘Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, “Doctor, cure yourself!” And you will say, “Do here also in your home town the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.”  24And he said, ‘Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s home town.


Take a few moments imagining that you are in the synagogue hearing those words Jesus is speaking in verses 18-19.

How could we apply those words to life here in Solihull?

Where, in Solihull, is this already happening?

In what ways is God stirring up a new call to mission here?

Is God stirring up a surprising new call to mission within your own life?


Lord, grant us eyes to see your presence and peace in strange places and unlikely people, even in ourselves. Amen.