Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Luke the Evangelist. He is called an evangelist because he wrote the third of the four New Testament Gospels. St. Luke also wrote the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, which comes just after the Gospels in the New Testament. Taken together, St. Luke’s Gospel and Acts form a continuous story of the birth of Christianity from the announcement of the birth of John the Baptist, to St. Paul’s imprisonment in Rome, in about 60 A.D.
St. Paul said, “Only Luke is with me”. What’s the significance of this and what does he mean? … click here.
“… So while I engage in a bit of idolatry by congratulating Jesus on his brilliant teaching style, let’s not forget that the content of the debate is as important as the debate itself. There are two demands that God places on us…” To learn more, chick here.
As often as we might pray, we have to recognize the superficiality of them. These type of prayers are trite when measured against the collect for purity that I use to begin our service every Sunday…
“Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known and from whom no secrets are hid . . .”
There is no hiding anything from the all-powerful God mentioned in that prayer. The God mentioned in that prayer knows our innermost secrets. The God mentioned in that prayer knows the darkest thoughts in our minds and imaginations. He knows the things we won’t divulge to even our oldest and closest friend. In fact, he knows our thoughts before we do.
This raises the question… if God already knows… What’s the point of prayer? For the answer to that question, click here.
In the midst of what appeared to be a high moment in the life of Jesus, St. Luke paints for us a slightly different picture. Instead of grinning from ear-to-ear and relishing the intoxicating praise of the crowd, Jesus looks out over the city and he begins to weep. He is weeping because he is the only person in this flash mob who truly understands what’s happening.
We have a certain advantage, in that we know how the story ends. However, Jesus’ weeping on Palm Sunday is really not so much about what is going to happen to him within the next week. Jesus is grieving over how these particular events fit into the entire scope of the history of Jerusalem and the way God uses Jerusalem in the unfolding of his plan for the salvation of the world…