Good News of the King

The word “gospel” has become commonplace in many Christian traditions, and for many of us, the word has lost its potency and power. So in this week’s Bible Study, we are looking at how the Bible uses this word and the nuance that can get lost in translation. The word comes from the Greek word euangelion, and it simply means “good announcement” or “good news.” But it’s not just any kind of news. Euangelion most often refers to a royal announcement about a new king. So when Jesus’ followers proclaim the Gospel, they are announcing that Jesus is King.

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At table

In the gospel of Luke, what is the most important city? If the number of times mentioned is the criteria, then Jerusalem is the answer, being mentioned more than 90 times in the Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles. I imagine there are all kinds of “what is Luke’s favorite…” questions, but an insightful one come from Fr. Bill McConville OFM. Fr. Bill has a daily podcast on Soundcloud that you can subscribe to and be very much enlightened by his insights.

As he asks in today’s installment, what is Luke’s favorite piece of furniture?

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