Luke 1–5: A Sestina Zechariah was a godly man; Elizabeth, his wife, a worthy woman.

Gabriel, a messenger from God, told them that she soon would bear a child, and John, their son, would grow to baptize Jesus. But Zechariah didn’t have much faith. Then Gabriel told Mary full of faith that even though she’d never known a man she’d bear the Son of God, the baby Jesus: “The Lord is with thee, oh most bless´d woman!” e And when, in Bethlehem, she’d borne this child the hosts of Heaven sang in praise of God. As Jesus grew up, wise and favored of God, at twelve years old he went to teach the faith to teachers in the Temple, though a child. The Devil, when he’d grown to be a man, tried tempting him, like any man or woman, but found he had no power over Jesus. In Nazareth, the people said that Jesus could never be the chosen one of God. But Jesus said, “Elijah met a woman, who wasn’t Jewish, yet she had such faith that God had chosen her to meet this man, Elijah, who would resurrect her child. You Nazarenes, who knew me as a child, will not believe that I, your neighbor, Jesus, might be more than an ordinary man. And yet, I say to you, almighty God would have you as his bride if you had faith, but as it is, you’re like a fallen woman.” In Capernaum, Jesus healed a woman and Simon Peter, husband of her child, decided he’d become a man of faith, and fish for men with John and James and Jesus. Then Jesus showed them by the grace of God that sins can be forgiven by a man. Envoi “Everyone with faith,” said Our Lord Jesus, “Is like a child of our Father, God, and full of love for every woman and man.”

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