If you were going to write a book, but a similar book had already been written, then you would have to give some sort of explanation as to the merit of your version as opposed to just sticking with the original. The beginning of the Gospel according to Luke is exactly that--an explanation as to why he wrote his own account of Jesus rather than being satisfied with the narratives already written. Luke tells us his audience is Theophilus, which you might assume is the name of one specific person, but it actually refers to each one of us. You see, Theophilus is the Greek word that literally means “friend of God.” As followers of Jesus, each one of us is a friend of God.
Each of you received a copy of Matthew Kelly’s Rediscover Jesus book as a gift from the parish this past Christmas. There are a number of ways you could use this book, but my suggestion is to dive into the reading one chapter at a time. There are only forty chapters in the book, and you could easily read one chapter per day for forty days. In the end, the goal is not necessarily that you finish the book in forty days or that you finish it in a timely manner. The goal is that you rediscover the person of Jesus Christ and deepen your relationship with him.
It is a wonderful coincidence we are using the Gospel of Luke this year during Mass at the same time we received this book. William Barclay, a Scripture scholar helps to shed light on this great timing when he wrote:
“It is most significant that Luke was not satisfied with anyone else's story of Christ. He must have his own. Real religion is never a second-hand thing. It is a personal discovery. Professor Arthur Gossip of Trinity College, Glasgow used to say the four gospels were important, but beyond them all came the gospel of personal experience. Luke had to rediscover Jesus Christ for himself.”
Therefore, I invite you, Theophilus, to take time each day to rediscover Jesus just as Luke did and to look upon the life of our Lord with new eyes.
Peace & Prayers,