Luke

Luke 1:1-4 NRSV   Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the truth concerning the things about which you have been instructed.

Reflection

I have written my Gospel for the “God-lover” Theophilus, and in the very way I have crafted my “orderly account” I have sought to make it clear that God-lovers can be found among (to borrow a phrase from the Book of Common Prayer) “all sorts and conditions of [people].”  My angels come to women, and to teenagers, and to shepherds, and to all of those who are so often left out of the histories of great happenings.  It is not just the priests and the religious who encounter God and who respond faithfully.  I have reported on the encounters of the little people and celebrated their great faithfulness.

I remember so well when John the Baptizer said, [Luke 3 NRSV] “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?   Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham.”  

So be inspired all you little people!  God will use you too!  There are opportunities every day to encounter me in the life you are living.  Wake up!  Stay Alert!  Know that your story is deeply woven into the story of God’s work in this world.  You have a starring role to play in the unfolding mystery of God’s grace.

It may be that the world will never notice the part you are playing in the drama of God’s redemption, but know that God is faithfully watching and allow yourself to feel God’s pleasure in you.

Prayer
The will of God be done by us,
The Law of God be kept by us,
Our evil will controlled by us,
Our tongue in cheek be held by us,
Repentance timely made by us,
Christ’s passion understood by us,
Each sinful crime be shunned by us,
Much on the End be mused by us,
And death be blessed found by us,
With angel’s music heard by us,
And God’s high praises sung by us
For ever and for aye.
—Celtic Hymn