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Association of the Miraculous Medal
Gospel Reflection for January 27
Fr. Luke passed away on August 10. Prior to his illness, he had prepared gospel reflections for each Sunday of the Liturgical year. We will continue to share his wisdom and faith.
Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

January 27, 2019—Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

  Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21

Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

For people who like to read, opening a new book can be a great adventure. Today a great adventure begins for us as we start reading the Gospel of Luke, which we’ll use this year in “Ordinary Time.” This Gospel was written as the first half of a two-part work that included the Acts of the Apostles. Luke was a physician from Antioch who converted to Christianity and became a traveling companion of Paul. He wrote his literary masterpiece sometime after the destruction of Jerusalem. It is addressed to “Theophilus” (“friend of God”), perhaps the leader of the Church community to which Luke was addressing his work, or perhaps a word meaning “anyone who reads the Gospel.”

Today’s Gospel jumps from the introduction (Luke 1:1-4) to Chapter Four, where Luke tells how Jesus began to preach the Good News in his home town of Nazareth. Luke makes it clear that Jesus is the Savior foretold by the prophets, the one who brings “glad tidings to the poor,” liberty, healing, and a new relationship with God. Jesus is the focus of Luke’s Gospel, as he is of the entire New Testament.

But Luke’s Gospel also gives more information about Mary than any other book of the New Testament. Many scholars have speculated that Luke must have spent a good deal of time speaking with Mary. Luke tells how the Angel Gabriel appeared to her, addressing her as “full of grace,” and how Mary readily accepted God’s plan that she be the Mother of Jesus. Luke describes Mary’s visit to Elizabeth, the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, and other events just celebrated in the Christmas season. Luke praises Mary because she is the Mother of Jesus Christ, and because she believes and carries out God’s word.

As we read the Gospel of Luke in “Ordinary Time” this year, let’s do it in the company of Mary. She will help us listen to God’s word and do God’s will. We’ll find this a much greater adventure than opening a new book!

Read last week's reflection.