14 day plan

The Birth of Jesus

Day 1 of 14


Luke 1:1-4

Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

Reflection:  The opening words of Luke draw us into the immediacy of the ‘things that have been fulfilled among us’. These events have changed the world, and it as if this is the first moment of stillness in the revolution in which Luke, a doctor (ordered, precise) seems to calmly collect the evidence, shuffle his papers and gather his best words to tell us something of such immense importance that will enable us ‘to know the certainty’ of what we have been taught. He begins at the beginning, and where is that? It is not a genealogy like in Matthew, it is not the jolt-like jump into the middle of things of Mark, nor is it the poetic philosophical vision of the beginning of time in John. He takes us to another kind of beginning entirely, the beginning of a life in the womb. In utero is where the revolution of God begins.

Luke speaks of incontrovertible proof, evidence that enables us to know for certain that the teachings of the Lord are true. His truth is surprising, his proof, perhaps unsettling.

Prayer:  Lord, unsettle me with your truth.