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.