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{{vm.product.SpProduct.Article}} Firstborn of God
The Birth of Mary’s Son, Jesus, Luke 2:1–21

Eugene LaVerdiere, sss; Paul Bernier, sss

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Eugene LaVerdiere’s liturgical analysis of the Lukan infancy narrative reflects on the birth of Jesus within the context of the Passion and Resurrection. By interpreting Christ’s birth through the lens of the Gospel as a whole, LaVerdiere breaks open the mystery of the Incarnation, rediscovering the intimate link between Luke’s romanticized account of the birth of Jesus and the mission at the heart of his life, ministry, and sacrifice. Challenging readers to move beyond their childhood understanding of the Christmas story, LaVerdiere offers a powerful reflection on the tensions that bind manger and the Cross.

“In the reflections on the images in the Lukan Nativity story, Father LaVerdiere enlivens the Christian imagination and evokes new insights into the mystery of God with us.”

—Catherine Dooley, OP,
Associate Professor,
The Catholic University of America

 

“The heart and mind of a master appear throughout The Firstborn of God.

—Lorenzo Tosco, CSJ,
Professor of Sacred Scripture,
St. Mary Seminary & Graduate School of Theology,
Wickliffe, Ohio

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