Reflection on Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21 ~
While we do not know who Theophilus was, without him it is possible we would not know Luke’s writing mission to document an historical human and divine Jesus and his mission. Without a personal influence of a Theophilus it is unlikely I would not spread the Gospel in my own way. When you get a minute, think of your own mission and influence, can/do you stand up like Jesus to fulfill his Word?
Luke 1 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Dedication to Theophilus
1 Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, 3 I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the truth concerning the things about which you have been instructed.
Luke 4 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry
14 Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15 He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.
The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth
16 When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
20 And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
Thank you for meditating on this daily reading from the Gospel and considering this reflection on Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21.