Jesus read in the synagogue in his home town of Nazareth from the prophet Isaiah, CHapter 60:
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, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
He declared to them he was much more than the son of carpenter Joseph and seamstress Mary.
When we are baptized and anointed, we too are called to be much more than members of our natural family. We are called to be part of the Body of Christ, part of the community of saints. We, too, are called to be bearers of good news and bearers of God’s forgiving grace in our own communities. This commissioning for service not only gives direction to those around us, but this commissioning also gives direction to our lives. When the seas are rough, when the waves are high, when the winds are severe, the ship of faith has direction, has a purpose, as we serve beside our Lord and Savior, Jesus, the Christ.