- 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: 21-52
Luke 2 parallels to Matthew 2 on the birth narrative of Jesus;
Magi visited baby Jesus (Matthew) —- The shepherds visited baby Jesus (Luke)
The escape to Egypt (Matthew) — Jesus’ circumcision and life in the temple (Luke)
Each gospel writers recorded the birth story of Jesus with their own theological perspective and their intention. Two stories are not contradict but they are complimentary each other for us to view bigger picture of early life of Jesus. Luke only recorded Jesus’ early life in the temple.
Dedication (21-24) — Dedication, circumcision, and sacrificial offering was required for baby boy according to the Law of Moses, (Numbers 3:13, Leviticus 12:1-8), following Purification Law after childbirth.
Prophecy (25-35) — Simeon prophesied the role of Jesus, long waited consolation of Israel, a light to the gentiles, and glory to the people of Israel, and his suffering as well.
Luke’s primary interest was to establish that Jesus true Israel, from his birth, brought up in the moral and ritual life of Judaism. At every significant period of his life, he was in continuity with Judaism.
Presentation (36-40) — Prophetess Anna presented baby Jesus to the public.
Young Jesus in the temple (41-52) — Jesus claimed for himself, special relationship with God and his identity.
What is Luke saying about Jesus in these birth narratives? His point is that Jesus’ special nature, identity, and mission have been to or through others: the angel, Mary, Elizabeth, Zechariah, shepherds, Simeon, and Anna. And his own awareness and the sense of a larger duty begin widen and deepen beyond his home in Nazareth, “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and people.”
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.