While we have been holing up at home to stop the spread of Covid-10, there has been a rash of celebrities singing from their living rooms in live-streamed concerts. This song session from Mary Chapin Carpenter has been my favorite. I love her song, Jubilee. (If you just want to listen to the song, jump to 2:30, but I encourage you to listen to the intro starting at 1:45.) In the Old Testament, the Jubilee happens every 50 years, a time of radical liberation, freeing of captives, and freeing debts.
Our passage for this Sunday has been stirring the Jubilee song in my mind and spirit. If I could sing it for you, I would, but we all know that is an idea no one wants to burden their ears with. So I will instead imagine it sung by Susan Rutherford, or Nicole Escobar, or Mia Green. While this passage isn’t exactly about jubilee, it is very much about a radical call to compassion. It wraps up with investment advice from God about loan programs for the needy, and let’s just say, no one’s getting rich quick with God’s lending regulations.
Join us this week, as we imagine a world where we loan not to profit but to protect. As we watch need grow in our community from job loss, lack of social services, depression from isolation, God’s how to list for radical compassion is a timely as in the days of Exodus.
Scripture: Exodus 22:20-27
Reflection: “Investment Opportunity”
I close with this stanza from Mary Chapin Carpenter’s Jubilee:
They can’t add up to much without you
And so if it were up to me, I’d take hold of your hand
Saying come hear the band
Play your song at the jubilee