I was reading, one afternoon during our colder days this winter, a David Limbaugh work (Rush Limbaugh’s brother), a great hardback titled “The Real Jesus”.
The title intrigued me because I thought I knew who this Real Jesus was. So, what’s new you ask, how come we didn’t scream it from the rooftops when we realized what we knew?
Well, it seems that each scene in Luke’s gospel remains discrete, but comments on the scene before or after it by an almost infinite series of juxtapositions of words, images, phrases, and concepts makes it hard to understand even though Luke tries to make his story coherent and realistic to convince all his readers beginning with Theophilus that his ordered narrative presents a trustworthy guide to an understanding of the real Jesus.
Just as it takes real people to shape Jesus’ message, so it takes a realistic or connected narrative (an orderly sequence) to make his message available to those who come along after the eyewitnesses with a need and a desire to see for themselves who this Jesus was.
During this Lenten time we have an opportunity to look at each of the four gospels and determine who Jesus is in our own lives. How do we reflect that image?
Fr. Andrew, T.O.R.