In the infancy narrative of Lukes gospel the angel declares to the shepherds: To you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ, the Lord. At the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus in Luke, John the Baptist declares: All flesh shall see the salvation of God. In his gospel, Luke presents Jesus as the Saviour who brings the salvation of God to all flesh. The readers of the gospel are invited to identify with the likes of the elderly Simeon who declares My eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples.
The reflections in this book on the Sunday readings for the year of Luke (Year C) are offered as a resource to homilists, to members of prayer groups and bible reflection groups, and to anyone who wishes to prayerfully reflect on the Sunday readings. The year of Luke is a renewed opportunity to recognise Gods visitiation to us in the person of Jesus and, like Mary, to hear Gods word and to submit to it.
Martin Hogan is a priest of the Diocese of Dublin. He teaches Scripture in Mater Dei Institute of Education, Dublin, a teacher training college that specialises in religious education. He is currently Director of Continuing Formation of Priests in the Diocese of Dublin and assists in a Dublin parish.