Jesus’ inaugural sermon is recorded by Luke as follows:
“Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:14-19).
It’s a well-known passage that I’m sure you’ve read time and again, but it isn’t always brought up when we think about politics. However, I think it should be.
Over at one.org they are rallying support for a petition that could have an enormous impact on world poverty. And given the words of Jesus we just read above, I think efforts such as this should be taken seriously.