Each and every one of us has been uniquely and creatively gifted to reveal God’s love in the world and are anointed and sent forth to do so. This week’s Agape’ Meditation Newsletter, supplement to the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church explores the truth of our own ordination!
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The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the LORD and a day of vindication by our God. I rejoice heartily in the LORD, in my God is the joy of my soul; for he has clothed me with a robe of salvation and wrapped me in a mantle of justice, like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem, like a bride bedecked with her jewels. As the earth brings forth its plants, and a garden makes its growth spring up, so will the Lord GOD make justice and praise spring up before all the nations.
Is 61: 1-2a, 10-11
Lk 1: 46-54
1 Thes 5: 16-24
JN 1: 6-8, 19-28
Anointed and Sent
In this week’s reading from Isaiah, he is speaking about himself as anointed and sent by God, along with the specific nature of his mission. In the Christian tradition, these words are reflected upon as a foretelling of Jesus’ mission and the work he would accomplish in the world. These words, however, were not to be interpreted as only applicable to Isaiah and Jesus. Instead, these words are meant for us to hear and understand as descriptive of our own Divine call. We too have been anointed and called by God to:
Heal the brokenhearted
Proclaim liberty to captives
And release to prisoners
To announce a year of favor for the Lord.
Salvation for the human race is an on-going venture and as Isaiah was anointed, as Jesus was sent, so too are we.
How have you become aware that you are anointed by God and sent to support the coming of the love?
Spiritual Practices – Receiving our Anointing
Slowly and meditatively read the scripture passage above.
Re-Read it, this time reading it as if it is your own proclamation. Read it aloud if it helps. As you are reading, take in the words, let them sink in.
Allow yourself to receive the truth of these words – the truth of your own anointing and of your own call.
Pause in silence
Visualize that you are standing before God or Jesus. Imagine God as mother or father, and Jesus in whatever way you imagine him. Imagine that you are standing before them so that you may receive your own anointing.
Imagine God as mother or father or Jesus anointing your head and your hands with holy oil. Then, imagine them placing their hands on the top of your head as a blessing and as a sending-forth for the mission you are being sent to accomplish. Allow yourself to feel the impact of this anointing and commissioning.
Know that through these actions you are being ordained to do God’s work of love in the world.
Offer your own prayer of thanksgiving aloud or in writing.
Rest in silence and return periodically to the reading, allowing it to sink even deeper into you.
Record your thoughts and feelings in your journal or notebook.
In Authentic Freedom we explore the truth that each and every one of us has been uniquely gifted and called to reveal God’s love in the world. We are called to reveal God’s love in the world in the uniquely creative way we have been gifted to find meaning and purpose in our life and when we discover, cultivate and engage in these gifts, we experience a sense of fulfillment, contentment, joy, peace and love. These gifts, however, are not meant to be limited to our own personal use. Indeed, these gifts are meant to be shared in the world – ultimately in service to the betterment of the world. It is important to remember, however, that our gifts are not limited to the things we honor as perfect. God also calls us to be love in the world through those things we might judge as imperfect or flawed – and it is often out of our deepest places of brokenness where we are most able to reveal God’s love.
What are the uniquely creative ways in which you have been gifted to reveal God’s love in the world?
What are the imperfections, flaws and brokenness within you that seek to be used in service to God’s love?