What does the destruction of the Temple mean? What does it mean not to be anything? Not to have an identity? Not to be a part of anything? Not to believe in anything?
No bumper stickers.
No rousing speeches.
There is no applause–no trust in anything or anyone other than what Luke has written out in consecutive order.
Why I ask you, would Luke begin his gospel by trying to convince his addressees not to trust in Jerusalem?
If anything can be understood about the Orthodox war in Europe, we must hear it through the voice of instruction crying out to us from the wilderness of Scripture. This voice tirelessly scolds us for believing in false gods, be they religious, political, ideological, moral, institutional, personal, intellectual, ethical, cultural, pragmatic, progressive, conservative, romantic, nationalistic, legal, libertarian, democratic, or fascist.
None of these gods have any bearing on the Crucifixion of Jesus other than their gleeful participation in it. Likewise, none can prevent the proclamation of the Resurrection other than to distract us from it.
Thus, David, the shepherd, cries aloud:
“Those who make them will become like them, everyone who trusts in them.” (Psalm 115:8)
Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Luke 1:5-7
Episode 431 Luke 1:8-13; Music:
Walking Along by Kevin MacLeod
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