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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 11, 2018

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SUNDAY, February 11     Last Sunday after Epiphany

Luke 1:3-4 I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the truth concerning the things about which you have been instructed.

Who is this most excellent Theophilus? Whom is Luke addressing? Tradition and scholarship hold mixed opinions: Theophilus might be a Roman official, a benefactor of Luke and Paul, or a Jewish high priest.

There is also the opinion that Theophilus is a stand-in for all Christians. After all, the name Theophilus means “loved by God” or “friend of God.” Since we can’t ask the author, and scholars are of different opinions, I like to imagine that Luke is using a generic name to personalize the narrative, to help the story come alive to listeners. Most excellent James. Most excellent Madeline. Most excellent Sue.

From text written nearly two-thousand years ago, Luke is still talking to you and to me—to all of us—telling us not only the timeless story of Christ that we have heard and been instructed by but also relating to us its deep and divine truth.

Come along, most excellent friends of God. Let us read and listen and be transformed together.

MOVING FORWARD: Keep a series of short notes during your time reading Luke. Read through them when we finish in May and see how this process changes your heart.

PRAY for the Diocese of Aru (Congo)

Luke 1:1-56

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