Thursday after Epiphany
I John 4:19-5:4
I was out yesterday on an appointment and on my way back I decided to stop somewhere and have lunch. I ordered, and I enjoyed my lunch, and when I asked the waitress for the bill of which she gave it to me, but there was no bill just a note with the inscription #Joeysafterglow written on it. I called the waitress over and asked what this was about; she said, “Someone paid for your lunch, and I do not know anything about what is written on that paper.” Not sure of what the words meant and not wanting to get in trouble I called my brother to figure it out. My brother said, “It is a cool sight. It is a Facebook page created in memory of a boy named Joey who died last year at this time. The people who created the page are asking others to do random acts of kindness this week in memory of Joey.” Our readings today remind us to do random acts of kindness.
In our first reading from I John, we hear again the word “Beloved” which means, “Those who are loved by God.” The writer goes on to say, “We who are loved by God are to love others because God has loved us first.” There is no room in that statement to not loving others. What a challenge to us, to love and not hate our brother or our sister.
In our Gospel, we are told that Jesus is given a scroll which contains the Book of Isaiah, and Jesus unrolls it until he finds the passage that he knows so well. Jesus reads, “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.”
How good is God? Jesus is letting us know what we are to do, to bring glad tidings to the poor. May we all remember this boy Joey and do one random act of kindness for someone today?