Since the Nicean and Trent Councils were made within the context of ecumenism, it will be good if all of us will endeavor to promote unity and mutual understanding among churches.
In the Gospels' account of Jesus' resurrection, it says that he appeared to Mary Magdalene early in the morning (Mk. 16:9-10), to his disciples and to the other women also early in the morning. All these appearances happened on the day of his resurrection. There is no record of the Risen Christ meeting his mother Mary first.
Week Four: Lost in His Own Home The older brother’s character shows that one does not have to leave his home in order to be lost or be called a prodigal son. A person can be estranged from God even if he is always inside the church. However, everyone is invited to return to God and repent, both the sinners and the clean ones.
Week Three: Contentment and Vigilance "God did not promise us exemption from problems, affliction and trials. It is imperative that we go through these things here on earth as followers of Christ."
Martin Luther "Even if I knew tomorrow that the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Psalm 23:1 NIV)
Jesus' decision to proceed with the baptism by John at that juncture proved his connection with him and his people.
“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.” (Philippians 3:10 & 11 NIV)
Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” Joshua 3:5 NIV
“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:13 ESV2011)
Aside from the families of Zechariah, Elizabeth, Joseph, and Mary who were all righteous and faithful, there were a bunch of equally faithful Jews and wise Gentiles who were waiters for the consolation of Israel.
"And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." (Luke 2:7, NJKV)
“Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” (1:38 NJKV)
Mary Visits Elizabeth: An Amazing Support System for Two Women in Unusual Circumstances (Luke 1:39-56)
"We all need an amazing support system! If you have one, take care of them and keep them because they’re rare! For those who are still finding, keep praying, it will come in God’s appointed time."
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” - Luke 4:18-19 - (KJV)
"Through the use of medical jargon Luke gave us a detailed and deeper look at some of the healing miracles in the New Testament." "It is possible that Luke did not desire to be a historian, but his work made him a skilled one." "Luke is a close companion and a friend to Paul especially when he was old and ready to be executed by the Roman government. What an example of a co-worker and a friend who will never leave you even in the darkest of times!"