There are two Christmas stories in the New Testament, not one. The first appears in Matthew 1–2 and the second in Luke 1–2. They have a lot in common, but there are differences in the who, what, when, where, why, and how. They also have different purposes and conclusions, tones and takeaways.
In the familiar version of the Christmas story, Mary and Joseph travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Because there was no room in the inn, the baby Jesus is born in a stable and placed in a manger. His humble birth is celebrated by choirs of angels and shepherds, and he is given precious gifts by the mysterious Magi. This version freely blends material from the two biblical accounts. It has become enshrined in Christmas carols and stable scenes as well as the liturgical cycle of readings during the Christmas season. – Daniel J. Harrington, S.J.
This Advent, as we prepare for the celebration of Christmas, we are going to explore its story through the eyes of Luke. Come along and see with fresh eyes how one 1st century author wanted us to meet Jesus.
The series starts Sunday, December 2nd at 10am worship (our Bible study will also take us deeper into the narrative, every Sunday at 8:30am with coffee + donuts).