In Fra Angelico’s painting of the Annunciation, Mary listens to the golden words of Gabriel while the word of God—the Scripture she’s been reading—lays open on her lap. God’s word is about to become God’s Word; he’s about to take…
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As we saw yesterday, the disciples couldn’t conceive of a suffering Messiah. Yet Christ came for that very purpose. By pouring himself out in love to death, he saves.
Jesus continues to teach his disciples in today’s readings, often with parables, as he continues his journey toward Jerusalem. In chapter 19, we read of his triumphant entry into the city. He rides on a donkey in the manner of a king riding to his coronation.
Jesus uses a number of parables in today’s reading to explain the nature of the kingdom of God that he is establishing. (A parable here is a comparison in which something “real” is used to get across a spiritual meaning.) As you read, take note of the reaction of the Jewish leaders to the things Jesus says.
Today’s chapters are packed with familiar episodes from the life of Christ: the mission of the Twelve; the feeding of the 5,000; Peter’s confession; the Transfiguration – and that’s just part of chapter 9. Take particular note of these things as you read.
After being tempted in the desert down south near Jerusalem, Jesus returns to Galilee (up north) by the power of the Holy Spirit. The description of his ministry there continues through chapter 9.
We will read about the period of Messianic Fulfillment as it is told in the gospel of Luke. Today’s chapters cover the birth of Jesus, his baptism and temptation in the desert, and the start of his ministry in Galilee.