Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Proclaiming "The Year"

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Proclaiming "The Year"

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Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28

Consider these two quotes: "Across the [African] continent, fewer than 10 percent of working people have health insurance, pension coverage, or other forms of social security, according to the International Labor Organization, the United Nations" oldest specialized agency" (The New York Times, Aug. 28, 2005).

"The spirit of the Lord God is upon me ... to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor" (Isaiah 61:1-2).

Are you and I, along with the psalmist, responsible for proclaiming the year of the Lord's favor? That is, is it up to us to tell our friends and churches here in the wealthy nations that the poor and oppressed of Africa (for starters) have suffered long enough and God wants us to move into sustained-action mode, starting today?

Nogaye Sow, a street vendor in Dakar, Senegal, carries with her a makeshift health insurance card with photos pasted into it of herself, her seven children, her granddaughter, and two other relatives. …

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