In name of God ☩ Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Whether it’s a politician’s stump speech, a lawyer’s opening argument, a movie’s opening scene, or a teacher’s introductory lecture, we know the importance of setting the stage. This morning’s passage from Luke is doing just that – it is Luke’s summary of the Gospel. In this liturgical year, which began in Advent and will run through November, Luke’s Gospel is the one we’ll have read on most Sundays, so having a firm grasp on this passage will be a keystone in our understanding.