“According to Isaiah, true practice of religion ought to result in concrete change, the breaking of yokes. He does not mean the occasional private act of liberation, but “to break the chains of injustice.” What could this mean other than a transformation of the structures of societies that trap people in hopelessness? Jesus has in mind the creation of a different type of world.” ― Esau McCaulley, Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope Of course, there are so many ways God does free us in our individual lives and stories, but writers like Esau McCaulley invite us into the bigger picture—this vision of broken chains of injustice for every bit of God’s creation. And we get to participate in that—in the transformation of a world bent on power into one bent on love. How do voices like McCaulley’s invite you into something you might not have spent much time considering in your regular, everyday life? How do your spiritual practices result in change that ripples into the world, bringing justice and hope to entire communities, to society at large? And what does the question bring up in you? Talk through all of this with God this morning. Notice if there is an invitation, for you, today, to begin (or continue!) having an eye for the bigger picture of what God is up to in the world.

Posted by Jamie Bonilla at 2023-02-10 15:39:54 UTC