One of the amazing things about Scripture is how it continues to speak to us thousands of years after being written. It is also remarkable that every time we read a passage we can find something new in it. The Bible is indeed the living word of God.
This week, I notice the importance of “today” in the Gospel of Luke. Think for instance of the announcement of Jesus’ birth, “…to you is born today in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah,* the Lord, ” (Lk 2:11). Later in Jesus’ life as he teaches in the synagogue, Jesus makes the incredible statement in reference to himself, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing,” (Lk 4:21). And at the end of the gospel, as Jesus hangs on the cross, he says to the thief next to him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise, “(Lk 23:43). For Luke, there is nothing like the present moment with Jesus. It holds the possibility of dramatic change.
In Luke’s time and in ours however, change is difficult. Living in the present moment is difficult. Some of us dwell in the past in what we deem “the good old days,” (even if they weren’t necessarily so good.) Others of us live in the future, worrying about what might or might not be. Jesus offers us the possibility of effecting change in ourselves and in our world right now, today.
Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has yet to arrive. Today is all we have. Jesus offers it to us as a precious gift. How will we make today count?