Luke 's Presentation Of Our Lord 's Ministry

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In Luke’s presentation of our Lord’s ministry, if any words stand as a “mission statement” to make sense of what follows, it’s the sermon in Nazareth. In it, Jesus reads from Isaiah 61, saying, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.” Of course, rich men were in no way barred from hearing and repenting! But we see through the rest of Luke that Jesus seems to consistently single out the lowly and outcast of Jewish society as recipients of his concern. And who are these pariahs? They are the Gentiles, the women, and the poor. These are the unlikely individuals who Jesus seeks, and these are the people who Luke gives particular attention to in his writing.
Even in the narrative before the start of Jesus’s earthly ministry, Luke shows us how God orchestrated events in such a way as to exalt the lowly. We see this as early as chapter one, from his focus on Mary. She was a young woman from a no-place town, engaged to a poor man. She had no status to boast in, no great wealth or name. But when the angel appeared to her, the first words he said were, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” For it was with one such as her that God found favor, favor enough even to choose her as the mother of the Messiah. Mary herself marveled at this, rejoicing in her beautiful prayer that God had

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