The appearances of the risen Christ that we read about in Luke's Resurrection narrative and other New Testament accounts, point us beyond the disciples’ excitement to the joyful heart of our faith.
Jack Mahoney SJ looks at the picture that Luke paints for us of Jesus’s arrest, trial and crucifixion. How can Luke's narrative help us to understand that Jesus ‘loved me and gave himself for me’?
In the parable of the prodigal son, Jesus illustrates to his listeners the joy of forgiveness, both on the part of the penitent sinner and of God. But do we not feel a sneaking sympathy for the faithful and jealous elder brother?
What are we to make of Jesus’s seemingly stern warning that: ‘unless you repent, you will all perish as they did’? Jack Mahoney SJ examines the meaning of this caution, which only Saint Luke records.
Luke tells us that the disciples who witnessed Jesus's encounter with Moses and Elijah were terrified, but Jack Mahoney suggests that this experience nourished and encouraged them.
The temptations with which the devil taunted Jesus, as recounted by St Luke, represented the questions he would have to consider as he prepared for his ministry – how did Jesus respond to them, both in the desert and throughout his ministry?
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