Good morning! In today’s passage (Luke 9-10), we explore a characteristically Lukan vein of Scripture, namely the real-world applications of a discipleship way of living. Here Jesus equips and sends forth two sets of twelve and seventy disciples respectively, demonstrating in his instructions to them what his highest priorities will be for the Christian life. God calls disciples to ministries of compassion and liberation. It’s for these reasons that Jesus does the other main thing found in today’s reading—he sets his face toward Jerusalem, which is where we’ll find him for the next ten chapters.
Good morning! Healings play a central role in today’s passage, Luke 7-8, as do parables that we’ve read before. What also strikes me are the roles played by various women, whom Luke gives larger roles than is characteristic in Christian scriptures.
Good morning! Today with Luke 4-6, we start the public ministry of Jesus in this gospel. Some features of Matthew and Mark are repeated in different ways, and some sections of this gospel are new altogether.
Good morning! Today’s birth stories of Jesus in Luke complement the stories from Matthew about a virgin birth, flight into Egypt and wise men traveling from afar. In Luke 2-3, we see this writer’s focus on ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and the beginning of Jesus’ adult life with his baptism by John in the Jordan River.
Good morning! We’re in one of my all-time sweet spots in the Bible today, having just finished Mark and now starting Luke. These are my two favorite gospels, for differing reasons. We’ve discussed the power and immediacy of ministry with Jesus in Mark, so let’s turn our attention to Luke’s main themes. This is the last of the three “synoptic” gospels (meaning they look at the Jesus story through quite similar eyes). Like other gospels, Luke lifts up recognizable themes throughout this narrative. His favorite emphases include angels, overlooked people (like women and the poor), and the Holy Spirit. We’ll see all these traits even today, just in Luke 1. Finally, Luke writes this gospel as the first of a two-volume set, sometimes called “Luke-Acts”. Today we start the book of Jesus’ life, then Acts will later tell us about the life of the early church started in Jesus’ name.
Good morning! Today with Mark 15-16, we finish this gospel by reading about Jesus’ crucifixion, death and burial. The final chapter of Mark is unique in several ways—it’s the only gospel with multiple endings, and the only one in whose (earliest) ending the risen Jesus doesn’t appear.
Good morning! Today we read only one chapter, Mark 14, but it represents the full first half of the passion narrative in this gospel. It seems like we were just reading the Matthew version! As has become my custom, I’ll just comment on those things I notice that differ from Matthew’s gospel and/or stand out here.