In our Gospel for today, Luke invokes the most significant cultural and political players of that time and place; but then, just as he did in the Christmas story, he pulls the rug out from under us. The word of God, the definitive guide to life, came not to one of the major players in their palaces, but to this isolated oddball, this mad prophet wearing animal skins and eating locusts. And this oddball prophet, who speaks the word of God, is ushering in a whole new way of ordering one’s life.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 – Baruch 5:1-9
Psalm – Psalm 126:1-6
Reading 2 – Philippians 1:4-11
Gospel – Luke 3:1-6