Reflections on the lectionary readings by pastors, preachers, and biblical scholars
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Luke’s first two chapters are a metaphorical retirement home for elders who are “looking forward to the consolation of Israel.” Then, in a sudden swirl of events, God gathers these aging people into the drama of salvation.
Luke 2:1–14 (15–20)
According to Google Maps, it would take 34 hours to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem on foot. The question for Luke in this journey of two peasants is where hope might be found.
2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16; Luke 1:26–38
God’s word to Nathan and Gabriel’s word to Mary hold a tension that’s at the heart of biblical faith.
Mary’s song marks a transformation from seeing her condition’s weight to receiving a new power within the situation. And then, finally, she is a participant in the work of God’s spirit.
2 Peter 3:8–15a
The Bible uses words like holy more than words like love. Yet holiness is a murky word. It evokes several ideas.
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