The novelty of Scripture lies in its multi-faceted handling of anthropocentrism. It deconstructs and breaks apart our institutions and smashes our egos, re-positing us as individuals set free to hear and do the commandments of God. In no uncertain terms, the Apostle Paul proclaims:
“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore, keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)
As sheep in the Lord’s flock, we are free to assume our natural state among the other living things on earth, not as masters but as adherents of God’s instruction. Again, Paul says:
“For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” (Galatian 5:13-14)
As scripturalized sheep, we do what God commands with a nagging and painful reminder that we have done nothing good upon the earth. Honestly, in an epic story written to emasculate anthropocentrism, no human being will ever get any credit for anything.
Thus we find ourselves at the start of Luke’s gospel: As lovers of God, following the voice of his Shepherd in the wilderness, hearing in silence, frantically taking notes while the master gives instruction.
Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Luke 1:1-4
This week’s episode is in loving memory of His Eminence, the Most Reverend Paul (Gassios), Archbishop of Chicago and the Midwest.
Episode 429 Luke 1:1-4; Music:
Finding Movement by Kevin MacLeod
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