In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus says: “I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance” (Luke 15:7)
I think that is a wonderful image of just how great the love and mercy of God truly is. Luke shows how God acts in dramatic ways to fulfill his plan for the renewal of his people.
Luke was a serious historian, careful in his writing and elegant in his language. His book places Jesus in the heart of his people into which the Christian gospel exploded. Luke places special emphasis on the Holy Spirit and on prayer.
In the Bible, words were written down (through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit) to communicate the truth of the events that had occurred and were occurring. St. Luke, by his own admission, was not an eyewitness (as Matthew and John were) but received the truth of the events from eyewitnesses and ministers.
He was so taken by the inexplicable reality of what he heard and saw that he just had to write it down in an orderly way (Luke 1:3), to share this good news (the word ‘gospel’ literally means ‘good news’). The truth was too good not to share (Luke 1:4). The question isn’t why did they feel the need to share this with all they encountered, the real question is why don’t more people still have a passion to share it?
Many people follow a concept of Jesus that is not historically accurate … a pleasant, politically correct, ‘be nice to everyone’ figure of Jesus that is anything but Biblical. In the Bible, you encounter the God of the universe and see how He moves, thinks and speaks. You’re not merely reading about characters from long ago … you’re reading about your very self. The Bible isn’t merely speaking to you; it’s speaking about you. Scripture deepens your prayer, enlivens your worship, and makes the Sacraments come to life in a whole new way.
God just doesn’t mind answering our prayers; He longs to answer our prayers. He can’t wait to show us that He is faithful to us.
Christ tells us “Everyone who asks will receive.” (Luke 11:9). Everyone. Not just some people. Every person.
Fabiola Navichoque – Writer, unparalleled love