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It’s Pentecost Sunday today, celebrated 50 days after Easter, commemorating the day that the Early Church received the promise of the Spirit as recorded in Acts 2. Pentecost promised in Joel “And it shall come to pass afterward,    that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,    your old men shall dream…

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Luke 1:26-38: Mary Meets Gabriel

In 1:26-38, Luke continues sharing the background story of Jesus’ birth. In this story, the setting is no longer the temple in Jerusalem. Now he is focused on the town of Nazareth. Archaeology tells us that Nazareth was a small town, a basin area surrounded by hills. The area is known for its limestone –…

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