The Contemplative New Testament: Luke 1

As a PhD candidate in Christian Origins, I spend a lot of my time in the Bible. What this means is that if you would trust a first year med student to operate on your brain, you will feel comfortable using these for your devotional life.  I have translated the texts with two main angles always in mind:  God’s Kingdom and Christian Spirituality.  I trust you will find these new paraphrases enlightening as you live out God’s counter-intuitive ways on earth as it is in heaven.

Luke 1.26-38

Then, in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God into a city of Galilee called Nazareth.  Gabriel was sent to a young woman who was engaged to a man named Joseph.  He was from the house of David.  The name of the young was Mariam.

And when he got to her, he said, “Greetings, grace-filled Mariam.  The Lord is with you.  And she was so startled by the speech.  She thought to herself: what kind of greeting might this be?” And the angel said to her, “Don’t fear, for you found grace with God.

Behold, there’s going to be a conception in your womb.  And you will carry a child full term.  And you will call him Joshua.

“And this child will be historic.  He will be called Son of the Most High.  And the Lord God will give the throne of his Father David to him.  He will rule over the house of Jacob for eternity. And the age of his rule will have no end.”

And Mariam said to the angel: “How will this be, since I am not, you know, active with a man.”

And in response, the angel said two things to her.  “The Holy Spirit will come upon you.  And you will catch a portion of the Almighty’s shadow and its most high power.   And therefore the holy child will be called the Son of God.

And if you want a further sign, your cousin Elizabeth also conceived her son in her belly. The one who was called barren is six months along.  With every word, nothing is impossible for God.”

And Mariam said, “if you want a sign, I am the servant of the Lord.  May it be done to me according to your word.”

And the angel left her.