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Freedom for the Oppressed

by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Toronto, Canada

Today's Bible Verse

“He has sent me to proclaim that freedom for the prisoners that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be free.” (Luke 4:18)

Discussion

The freed, the oppressor or the oppressed - where do you belong?

The air of freedom is the life blood of the progress of human civilization and the existence of happy human life. Tears and sorrows, curse and death never leave from the homes of the oppressed. A number of modern homes are really the virtual chambers of torture in the name of family honors, oppressive religious customs, sexual exploitation, parental, spousal, and child abuses. The society where we are living is no exception- there are people in the entertainment world, the sports arenas, spiritual horizon, the political, social and economic spheres, with the eyes of vultures for the innocents to be pried and to be eaten. The cry of the oppressed is most often suppressed or silenced by the bullets and death or more abuse, but the days of the oppressors are numbered. For this, we need liberators and saviors. The cry of the oppressed is heard and unanswered and ultimately the real freedom is to be blossomed by the father of all the liberators - Jesus. “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). Don’t be dejected and depressed at your chains. Jesus, the loving God of Justice won’t wait to do his justice and set you free. You should remember that you are not alone. 400 years of white people’s inhuman torture and humiliation of the African-American was heard and justice was done at the most unexpected and unimagined time by the election of Barak Obama as the president of US in 2008.

Reward posters offered large sums of money for her capture, dead or alive. She was just over 1.5 meters tall, and used to suffer from fainting spells because of a head injury inflicted by an owner when she was younger, but many people regarded her as extremely dangerous. Some even called her, “The Devil”. But others, many others, called her “Moses”. She had after all, led more than 200 men, women, and children out of slavery to freedom in Canada via Underground Railway. Her real name was Harriet Tubman, and in the years just before America’s Civil War in the 1800’s, she risked her life time and time again, returning to the south to guide escaped slaves to freedom in the north.

“Untie him, let him go” (John 11:44). “I’ll put my spirit on him and he’ll bring justice to the nations” (Isaiah 42:1). Stand for justice, risk your life for freedom to the oppressed under any conditions, and become the co-liberator to Jesus.

Prayer

Jesus, we pray for all those are in chains of oppression and exploitation. We cry with them for their speedy deliverance from their cruel masters. Let the people who fight against this be successful. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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