In this Gospel text Jesus launches his ministry in the synagogue of his home town of Nazareth during a regular liturgy of the Word. Reading from Isaiah 61, he declares that the prophet’s words have been fulfilled in their presence. The purpose of the Spirit that came down upon Jesus (Luke 3:22) and drove him into the wilderness (4:1) is now made clear. Jesus’ whole ministry is inspired by the Spirit. It is the Spirit who will lead Jesus to take sides. His ministry will not be to the prosperous and healthy, but to the poor and oppressed. What this will mean is not yet clear. But it will mean liberation for those held captive and freedom for the oppressed—a new exodus. He will announce the year of jubilee (Leviticus 25) when the poor are released from their debts and can start over again. This vision would seem like good news to the poor, but Jesus knew not everyone would like this program! Certainly, our release from our debt of sin and a new life to follow is the vision of salvation Jesus is offering us. All of us poor sinners, oppressed by the terrors of death and the devil, need just one thing: the good news that in Christ God has forgiven our sins and freely given us life and salvation. That is what manifests God fully and truly sets us free.