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St. Luke’s Gospel ends as it begins, in the Temple. From the glowing lights of the Holy of Holies and the annunciation of the birth of John the Baptist to Zechariah, to the inner glow in the hearts of the disciples waiting for the coming of the Holy Spirit, the glory and presence of God has moved through this year of grace.
Apart from the cycle of Torah readings, today concludes the three-year cycle of readings from the Bible. Each day the Holy Spirit has been doing in your heart what the Spirit did with the first disciples—opening your understanding to receive the Scriptures. As the cycle begins again next week with the flickering of the first Advent Candle, pause today with gratitude as the whole Bible lies open before you. Look through the “zoom lens” of the present moment, which embraces all of God’s Word.
Jesus stands: “Peace be with you.” v. 36
“Touch and see that it is me.” v. 39
Open my mind to Your Word. v. 45
Jesus must die and arise. v. 46
This is the last of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year C.
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We read the Gospel of Luke.
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