The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.
From your own experience of encountering a deeper relationship with Christ, I know you certainly can relate to that liberation. As baptized Christians, we have been anointed by the Spirit of the Lord to do these things. Isn’t it astounding to think that God works such miracles through weak creatures like us?
Pope Paul VI in his encyclical, Evangelii Nuntiandi, put it this way:
The person who has been evangelized goes on to evangelize others. Here lies the test of truth, the touchstone of evangelization: it is unthinkable that a person should accept the Word and give himself to the kingdom without becoming a person who bears witness to it and proclaims it in his turn.(24)
Do we realize that we are indeed anointed? Let us prayerfully discern this imperative question for the remaining days of the Christmas season: How much am I allowing the Spirit of God to work through me so that the poor, the captives, the blind, and the oppressed may see His Light and be liberated?
Want to learn more about evangelization? Feel free to visit us at the Pilgrim Center of Hope, a Catholic evangelization ministry. Online: http://www.pilgrimcenterofhope.org