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At every Liturgy we read from one of the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, all of which convey the life, teachings, crucifixion and resurrection from the dead of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. In fact, this Sunday, we begin a new series of readings from the Gospel of Luke the Evangelist. But, in addition, the Scriptures often speak of the Gospel and we sometimes forget that the Gospel itself is a message and not merely a collection of books: in fact, it is literally the most important message in all of history.
The word Gospel derives from the Old English “God-spell,” meaning in more modern English, “Good News.” It is a translation of the Greek word evangelion that is used in the New Testament and the Liturgy. In ancient times an evangelion was often a proclamation of victory in battle: a herald proclaimed the good news that the war was over, the emperor was victorious, the enemy had been defeated and the city and its people had been saved from calamity and certain destruction. It is a proclamation to be celebrated! One thinks of the relief and joy found in old photos on the faces of the men and women in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II. For us, the Good News is that in Jesus Christ “the Word of God” (John 1:14) who is also “the King of kings and Lord of lords” (Revelation 17:14), the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Acts 3:13), has become human and been victorious over sin, evil and death; having “died to sin once for all” (Romans 6:10) on the Cross and rising from the dead, He has delivered us from our mortality. Death, for us, has now become a Passover to what the Gospel of John calls “eternal life” (John 3:16). ... See MoreSee Less
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