Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The Gospel According to Doctor Luke
I have been reading the Gospel of Luke in preparation for the season of Advent. Advent is that time in the church calendar cycle when we begin a journey toward the manger of Christmas. It is a time of preparation, waiting, anticipation, and discovery.
Traditionally each of the four Gospel writers have been identified with a symbol that sets them apart as a messenger and communicates something about the message itself.
For Luke the symbol is a bull or ox with wings. It is an image of strength, durability, faithfulness, and sacrifice.
The winged bull is a great contrast to the skilled, educated, physician who became a follower of Jesus and a companion of the Apostle Paul. I always think of Luke as the classic 'country doctor' who is faithfully available and ready to respond at a moments notice.
I am going to be inviting our congregation to read the Gospel of Luke during the season of Advent. But (you say) that doesn't even come into play until after Thanksgiving. What's the hurry?? Well, if you are like me, you might be a slow learner. Or, if you are like me, you might like to get a head start.
We are looking at the fullness of Christian life that is faithfully shared in community. Communities do several things. They support, create a climate of accountability, engage in interpersonal encouragement, provide the laughter of fellowship, and allow for the sacred space in which holy relationships can bloom.
I think Luke, the country physician, has a Word for us about health.
I am always blessed by your presence and strengthen by our relationship of faith. I look forward to every moment. If you can not be with us face-to-face, think about joining us online at www.wilsonumc.org. Sermons and other resources are posted just for you!
May the strength of Christ, like that of a winged bull, lift your life today!