“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” – Luke 4:18-19
In Luke 4:18-19, Jesus is saying that hope is here. It has arrived. He is saying that he is the saviour, the promised child, the Son of God. Jesus is saying that with his arrival comes freedom and liberation. The opportunity to change the current situation. To unlock potential.
Jesus’ proclamation in Luke 4: 18-19 is a message of hope for people with disabilities. It is the promise of deliverance. The unlocking of potential. The rising to a new level. The broadening of our horizons. There is so much in this passage that people with disabilities can take heart from, learn from and draw encouragement from.
As we wait for the fulfillment of Jesus’ promises, prayer is critical, essential. It is an opportunity to spend time alone with our maker, with God, in reflection and preparation. We can pray for the opening of doors, the coming to the light, and fulfilment of these promises. We pray in reflection and anticipation of the equality and justice that is coming.
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Setareki S. Macanawai is one of the pioneers of the disability movement in the Pacific and is one of the Disabled People’s Organisation leaders who established the Pacific Disability Forum. He holds many advocacy roles including the Regional Co-ordinator for the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network. Seta lives with his family in Fiji and has a vision impairment.