If you are living in chaos, a new ordering of life is good news. If you are weighed down by the past, a future not solely determined by the past is good news. If you are flailing in darkness, the arrival of light is good news. Just as Jesus was a bearer of good news, his disciples, his students, his followers are to be the same.
Again, and again, we are at a “good news” moment when those who are in the darkness of frustration experience the dawn, those oppressed with lack of vision are healed and those burdened with the past are finally set free.
In our lesson this Sunday, Jesus begins his ministry in Galilee. For 800 years, Galilee, in the territory of Zebulun and Nephtali, has been the place of God’s victory through Gideon over the Midians, the place of Isaiah’s promise of light in darkness, and the place of Jesus’ teaching that the reign of God and not the reign of Caesar will prevail.
This promise of good news is not for us alone. It cannot be. This promise of life’s new ordering will not be a promise of God if we do not in turn invite others into this new ordering of life where grace surprises, war is not celebrated as the answer, and mercy reigns. Pass the word, a new ordering of life has come near.
Worship with the Congregational Church of Weston UCC (130 Newton Street, Weston, MA) this Sunday, January 26, 10:30 am and hear the call of the initial disciples and each of us to be bearers of the good news: a new ordering of life has come near.