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Monday, October 15, 2007

The Prayer of the Lowly

After Jesus' discourse about the suddenness of the Parousia, two parables on prayer follows: the first is about persistence in prayer buoyed up by the assurance that God will certainly vindicate His chosen ones. The second parable is about prayer and directed to those who think that they are already... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Pray And Be Not Weary

The Parable of the Widow and the Judge The parable of the widow and the judge follows the discourse on the Day of the Son of Man which ends with a threatening metaphor, that of vultures gathering around "dead meat". While the Day of the Son of Man is something to be longed for, it can be a fearful... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

A Peek Into The Lectionary: Luke 17:11-19:27

The last leg of the journey to Jerusalem is relatively well used in the liturgy (For an outline of the passages, go here. ). Only three of its sections do not appear in the readings and this is because those have parallels in Matthew and Mark. The Sunday readings for the XXVIII to the XXXIst week... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Faith and Gratitude

Luke 17:11-19 is the story of a faith that makes possible the healing of a leper and that same faith's recognition of who Jesus is. Here we find a clear instance of faith that is turned towards Jesus. The importance of this topic will become clear towards the end of the Lucan insertion. On the third... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

A Crafty Disciple? Reviewing Luke 16:1-13

I prefer to talk of the parable in Luke 16:1-13 as "The Parable of Crafty Steward" and this for a particular reason. When the dishonest steward was praised for being prudent, he was placed under the category of the "wise" which in biblical language also covers the "crafty". Jacob (who later became... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Lord Increase Our Faith

Luke 17:5-10 may look as if it were a collection of unrelated sayings about faith and discipleship. One might as well ask why Jesus responds to the prayer "Increase our faith" with statements about commanding a tree to plant itself in the sea and one about servants who are totally subject to the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Dives and Lazarus: The Law and the Risen One

Luke 16:19-31 is popularly known as the parable of Dives and Lazarus. "Dives" is the Latin word for "rich man" but has in popular usage become the proper name of the one who, in the story, was the direct opposite of Lazarus the miserable beggar. It is ironic however to note that although Lazarus is... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

The Administration of Goods: Christian Principles 101

Luke 16:1-15 is composed of a parable and three sayings about wealth. The connection between verses 1-8 and 9-15 is at best loose. The New American Bible translation divides verse 8 into two parts: 8a is the natural conclusion of the Parable of the Wiley Steward, while 8b begins a section on the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

What Is Fair To The Father: Luke 15:1-32 In The Catholic Lectionary

Luke 15:1-32 is a series of parables on the mercy of God. It is a mercy that seeks out the lost and gives life to those who have died in sin. We have had the occassion to write about the parable twice and both for Lent: in Year B and this year ( Year C ). What we are going to do in this article is... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 31, 2007

The Terms of Discipleship

Outline of the text Introduction: 25 Terms of Discipleship: 26-27 Invitation to take the matter seriously as one constructing a tower (28-30) as one marching to war (30-32) Conclusion: 33 Right after the question about the quantity of those to be saved, and Jesus' parable of the banquet, Luke... Sign in to see full entry.

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