The gospel readings for five of the Sundays during Lent in Year C come from Luke’s Gospel. Peter Edmonds SJ suggests that these readings, when taken together, form a short story of their own.
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’?
The gospel readings for the Sundays in Lent in Year C are taken mostly from Saint Luke, but on the fifth Sunday we hear from the Gospel of John – although the particular passage bears many Lucan characteristics, suggests Jack Mahoney SJ. When the scribes and Pharisees presented Jesus with the woman caught committing adultery, how did his reaction epitomise the forgiveness of God that Luke has focused on in the Lenten gospels?
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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