[links to Bible Gateway open in a new window]Reading the Bible in Its Entirety
The second reading offers details about the beginning of Jesus' adult ministry, immediately following his baptism. After staving off temptation by Satan (in the most detailed version of that event), Jesus begins teaching in the Nazareth synagogue. However, the hometown crowd is unimpressed with Jesus' words, recognizing him only as the local boy rather than as a wise teacher (and certainly not as the messiah). So Jesus looks to other places where he can teach and, along these travels, he heals and exorcises demons. (Here again, these three things are the essence of Jesus' ministry -- healing the sick, exorcising demons, and teaching.)
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If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read Luke 1-5 today.