15 Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill. 16 He warned them not to tell others about him. 17 This was to fulfil what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
18 “Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
the one I love, in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
Continuing from yesterday’s reading, to further affirm Jesus, God’s Servant, in his work of living out the meaning of loving others, the Father puts his Spirit on him. The work of love is the work of the Trinity. I’m struck reading this by the linking here of the Spirit and justice, the presence of the Spirit is seen in the world being put right, in people being treated fairly and equally. It is also striking reading this in a time of tension between nations and peoples, a time of prejudice and fear, that this is not just for his own people, but for the nations.
Spirit, help me to love others equally, without prejudice; more than that, help me encourage fairness and love rather than fear and hate.