3d Sunday of Ordinary TimeJan. 24, 2016
Luke 1: 1-4
Holy Cross, Fairfield, Conn.
“Many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning and ministers of the word have handed them down to us” (Luke 1: 1-2).
Back on the 1st Sunday of Advent—the last Sunday of November—we began a new church year. This year we’re using what is called Cycle C of the Sunday readings, and most of our gospels will be taken from St. Luke. After hearing about John the Baptist during Advent, and of course about Christ’s birth during Christmas, and Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan 2 weeks ago, we now turn back to Luke’s prolog. Then, leaping over what we’ve already heard, we come to the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, which we’ll follow with Luke until next November.
|St. Luke by Guido Reni|
Luke addresses his gospel to an individual named Theophilus. We know nothing about him, but since Luke calls him “most excellent,” or in some translations, “Your Excellency” (v. 3), he may have been a public official. Perhaps he was a recent convert, for he has already “received the teachings” (v. 4).