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Understanding the Gospel of Luke – December 2, 9, 16
What makes the transition to a new liturgical year even more exciting than getting back to Advent and Christmas, is the change in focus to yet another one of our gospels. The next liturgical year (Year C in the Revised Common Lectionary Series) is the year of Luke.
Of all the gospels, Luke is the one that is most loved in the congregation for many reasons, but first and foremost that it contains some of the most memorable events in the cannon of biblical story. This year we will get to hear again the story of the good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, and Jesus' post-resurrection appearance on the road to Emmaus. It is the gospel that gives the most complete and extended birth-narrative of Jesus, including the beloved Magnificat - Mary's song of praise in sharing the news of the coming of the Savior with Elizabeth. And between all the greatest hits of our sacred text is the story of Jesus who advocated for those on the margins - the oppressed, the excluded, the ones who have been left out. Including women. Luke is often called the social justice gospel.
For the first three weeks of Advent, we will dig into Luke to uncover its themes and set the tone for our experience of the gospel texts over the course of the next year.