A Word Fulfilled – Luke 4

A Word Fulfilled – Luke 4

That’s it. That’s all. But that’s everything. “You’ve waited six hundred years”, he says, “ and now your wait is over. You’’ve been waiting for me and I am here.

There is, however, not only drama in the revelation of who he is, but exquisite beauty in what he says he has come to do: preach good news to the poor, proclaim release to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind, set at liberty those who are oppressed and proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor (forgiveness of sins). This is his agenda; an agenda meant to encompass every human need

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Rending the Heavens – Luke 3

Rending the Heavens – Luke 3

Luke’s version of the Jesus’ baptism is a rich affirmation of the power of prayer—of what can happen when we surrender ourselves wholly to the will of the Father and thus invite His Spirit to transform and equip us for where He has called us. But it is also a profound demonstration of the faithfulness of the Father to hear the prayers of his people and respond in ways that were far more beautiful than they could ever have imagined.

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O Come Let Us Adore Him – Luke 2

O Come Let Us Adore Him – Luke 2

What shall I say? And how shall I describe this birth to you? For this wonder fills me with astonishment. The Ancient of days has become an infant. He who sits on the sublime and heavenly throne, now lies in a manger. And He who cannot be touched and is incorporeal, now lies subject to the hands of men. He who has broken the bonds of sinners , is now bound by an infant’s bands. …He became flesh so that He whom heaven could not contain, a manger would this day receive…

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Blessed Among Women – Luke 1

Blessed Among Women – Luke 1

The brilliance of Luke to not only make this connection but also make it clear to us should inspire deep gratitude and appreciation in our hearts. But I think it is fair to say that he would not be content with such recognition if it were not also accompanied by an even greater gratitude and appreciation for the one to whom he so beautifully points us through these stories: Our Lady, whose “yes” to God made her the first true disciple of Our Lord, the preeminent bearer of Christ in the world.

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Do You Believe? – Mark 16

Do You Believe? – Mark 16

‘”Do you believe this?”” Jesus asked. If we go back to Mark’’s gospel, it may surprise and sadden us to see how slow the disciples were to believe: “She [Mary Magdalene] went out and told those who had been with him , as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it”” (16:10-11). But are we also slow to believe? Surely that is the question Mark wanted us to ask ourselves whenever we read this.

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The God Forsaken – Mark 15

The God Forsaken – Mark 15

“My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?” –Here we have proof that whatever isolation we feel from God in the midst of our own experiences of darkness, Jesus too knows, because He has experienced it himself.

But his experience is not the same as ours, at least not in the way we tend to think….

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The Betrayer is at Hand – Mark 14

The Betrayer is at Hand – Mark 14

It was not far to the top of the Mount, over the crest, and to safety. Jesus had every opportunity to flee but He watched and stayed. I must admit, the realization made me weep.

Today something very similar happened as I was again with Him in the garden, this time only in my imagination as I read this chapter and I came across these words: “Rise, let us be going; see my betrayer is at hand”. Rise and go where? Over the mountain? No, to greet his betrayer. Jesus did not just wait, he rose to embrace the cross.

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He is Near – Mark 13

He is Near – Mark 13

It is not as we would have expected. We would have expected that the moment in which the darkness seems the greatest would be the moment in which God’s absence would be most profoundly felt and proven true, but Jesus insists it is not. It is precisely in this moment that He is nearer than ever. He is at the gates; salvation is nigh.

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In Whose Image? – Mark 12

In Whose Image? – Mark 12

My question today, though, is a little different. “For me the question is, rather, “Is the answer to these questions merely academic, like getting the right answer on a Sunday school Bible quiz? Or is it the way I am really living my life?” Knowing the right answer is nothing, living the right answer is everything.”

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Faith To Move Mountains – Mark 11

Faith To Move Mountains – Mark 11

Faith involves certainty, yes, but it is a certainty anchored in Him—in His goodness and power—and not in us. Therein lies its power. A faith that is rooted in the God who is all-powerful cannot be contained by any earthly limitation; its only limitation is love, for He is also the God who is Love.

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