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The Canticle of Zechariah. Making use of a formal, literary construction and vocabulary, the author writes the prologue in imitation of Hellenistic Greek writers and, in so doing, relates his story about Jesus to contemporaneous Greek and Roman literature.
Luke is not only interested in the words and deeds of Jesus, but also in the larger context of the birth, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus as the fulfillment of the promises of God in the Old Testament. The narrative uses early Christian traditions about the birth of Jesus, traditions about the birth and circumcision of John the Baptist, and canticles such as the Magnificat Lk — 55 and Benedictus Lk — 79 , composed of phrases drawn from the Greek Old Testament.
In this section Luke announces many of the themes that will become prominent in the rest of the gospel: the centrality of Jerusalem and the temple, the journey motif, the universality of salvation, joy and peace, concern for the lowly, the importance of women, the presentation of Jesus as savior, Spirit-guided revelation and prophecy, and the fulfillment of Old Testament promises.
The account presents parallel scenes diptychs of angelic announcements of the birth of John the Baptist and of Jesus, and of the birth, circumcision, and presentation of John and Jesus.
Here and in Lk — 2 he connects his narrative with events in Palestinian history; in Lk — 2 and Lk he casts the Jesus story in the light of events of Roman history. He continued as king until his death in 4 B.
Priestly division of Abijah : a reference to the eighth of the twenty-four divisions of priests who, for a week at a time, twice a year, served in the Jerusalem temple. By alluding to Old Testament themes in Lk , 19 such as the coming of the day of the Lord and the dawning of the messianic era, Luke is presenting his interpretation of the significance of the births of John and Jesus. When Mary asks a similar question in Lk , unlike Zechariah who was punished for his doubt, she, in spite of her doubt, is praised and reassured Lk — In both the angel Gabriel appears to the parent who is troubled by the vision Lk — 12 , 26 — 29 and then told by the angel not to fear Lk , After the announcement is made Lk — 17 , 31 — 33 the parent objects Lk , 34 and a sign is given to confirm the announcement Lk , The particular focus of the announcement of the birth of Jesus is on his identity as Son of David Lk — 33 and Son of God Lk , With her wise reading of history, Mary leads us to discover the criteria of God's mysterious action.
Overturning the judgements of the world, he comes to the aid of the poor and lowly, to the detriment of the rich and powerful, and in a surprising way he fills with good things the humble who entrust their lives to him cf. Redemptoris Mater , n.
While these words of the song show us Mary as a concrete and sublime model, they give us to understand that it is especially humility of heart which attracts God's kindness. Lastly, the song exalts the fulfilment of God's promises and his fidelity to the chosen people: "He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity for ever" Lk Filled with divine gifts, Mary does not limit her vision to her own personal case, but realizes how these gifts show forth God's mercy towards all his people.
In her, God fulfils his promises with a superabundance of fidelity and generosity. Inspired by the Old Testament and by the spirituality of the daughter of Zion, the Magnificat surpasses the prophetic texts on which it is based, revealing in her who is "full of grace" the beginning of a divine intervention which far exceeds Israel's messianic hopes: the holy mystery of the Incarnation of the Word.
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