The Baptist

This Sunday's gospel introduces John the Baptist, the man who "prepared the way for the Lord."  Click HERE for discussion/reflection questions to the above video.

Year C:
The Gospel of Luke

Date of Authorship

Structure of Luke

Commentary on Luke

The evangelist penned the two part work scholars call "Luke-Act."  His gospel combined the majority of Mark's, passages he shared with Matthew (called the "Q" source) and original traditions in a highly stylized Greek prose.

Context

Kerygma and Charism

Luke-Acts focused on the work of the Spirit in word and deed.  Kerygma was the Spirit-driven message proclaimed.  Charism was the act of the believer that manifest the power of the Spirit.  Both demanded a reaction from those who witnessed the Spirit acting in and through Christians.

Spiritual Gifts

Charisms came in different forms:  speaking in tongues, prophecy, healing, prayers and visions.  Some of these spiritual gifts fortified the community.  Others evangelized outsiders.  For Luke and the Pauline churches, charisms were a sign of God acting in their midst.