The Gospel passage begins with a travel notice, affirming once again that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. The shortest and fastest route usually avoids populated areas, but Jesus chooses to pass through towns and villages, to teach as he went his way. From a question from an unnamed person, one of those who […]
Is this Jesus speaking? This is a question that we might ask after having read the Gospel passage. The words are strong and searing: to set the earth on fire, the wish that it were already blazing, the anguish for the completion of a baptism that is due, to bring not peace but division. How […]
Reassuring words greet us right at the beginning of our gospel passage: “Do not be afraid.” We have read this many times in Scripture. In Luke, they are the words of the angel to Zechariah (1:13), to Mary (1:30), and to the shepherds (2:10) in the infancy narratives.