- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Today’s Scripture—Luke 2:1-20
Comparing to the Jesus’ birth narrative in Matthew 1:18-2:12, Luke records his birth narrative differently keeping in mind who Jesus is to Lukan community, a Gentile, poor, and the lost, the least, and the last.
Caesar Augustus was the Roman Emperor, Octavius, who ruled from 27BC to 14 AD. He ordered an imperial census and taxation. Joseph and Mary were on trip to Jerusalem to register in Joseph’s home town.
The significance of Jesus’ birth narrative in Luke and who Jesus is to Lukan community.
1. Jesus is of the house of David, he is Christ (Messiah), Savior, and Lord.
2. Jesus’ birth is good news of great joy for all the people.
3. Jesus is born in the manger, and he is the Savior of the poor.
4. Jesus’ birth brings glory to God and peace on earth.
5. The shepherds are the first guest to the birth of Jesus. They represent the guests for the kingdom of God, the poor, the maimed, the blind, the lame, who are the lost, the least, and the last.
As a physician historian, Luke records the life and ministry of Jesus based upon his Christology (understanding of who Jesus is) so that readers may know the certainty of the things they have been taught.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Ask yourself, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?”
- Meditate on “Who Jesus Christ is to you?”
- Pray God that the God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth.
- Live it out through the day.