Good News... and Justice

“The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,” announces Isaiah.  The Lord is sending him “to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor...” (Isaiah 61:1-2a).  These words are doubly familiar to us, because they are the same words Jesus will quote, centuries later, as he begins his ministry in the Nazareth synagogue.  In the second portion of this reading, the prophet speaks for God: “I, the Lord, love justice...” (v. 8).  Good news and justice are intertwined, inseparable – in Advent, or at any other time.