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Monday, June 25, 2007

Anticipating The Christian Missions

Luke 10:1-24 is anticipated in 9:52 by the messengers ( aggelouV ) that Jesus sends ahead of him to Jerusalem. The unit narrates the creation of a group of seventy-two disciples whom Jesus commissions to go on ahead of him in places he will pass through. Only Luke narrates of the "seventy-two"; in... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Discipleship Under The Shadow of the Cross

The selection ( Luke 9:51-62 ) belongs to the Lucan travel narrative that begins in 9:51 and ends in 19:27. It is also in this section that we find Luke incorporating Jesus' sayings on discipleship and the Christian life. The mood of the whole section is set by the resoluteness of Jesus to go to... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 18, 2007

What Will This Child Be? (Luke 1:57-66)

Luke 1:57-66 is the narration of the circumstances of the birth of John the Baptist. The good news of the angel to Zechariah anticipated by Elizabeth is now fulfilled ( Luke 1:25 ). The reaction of the neighbors and kinsfolk, not only confirm her "reproach" being taken away but also interprets the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The Woman Who Loved Much Because Forgiven Much

Luke 7:36-50 is one of those Lucan narrations that contemporary culture has not failed to highlight. In the TV series Jesus of Nazareth, for example, the story was not only reproduced but also rewritten so as to compress in one sequence several of Jesus' gospel message. Luke's narrative is also the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

And They Were All Satisfied

Towards the end of a day which saw Jesus calm a storm at sea, release a demoniac, restore to life a woman and a child, send out the Twelve, preach and heal the crowds, he also feeds them with five loaves and two fish*. Luke has so arranged the episode of the feeding of the five thousand that it... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

And He Will Lead You To All Truth

Towards the end of the Last Supper Discourse, Jesus begins to tell his disciples of persecutions yet to come (John 15:28ff). He speaks of these so that the disciples may not be scandalized (John 16:1). During their period of tribulation, the disciples will be sad while all around them all will... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

The One Sent In Jesus' Name

John 14:15-26 belongs to that part of the Last Supper discourse that is constituted by 13:36 to the end of chapter 14. Within this part of the discourse the mood is set by the departure of Judas, the prediction of Peter's denial and the impeding departure of Jesus. The theme of love occassioned by... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 25, 2007

In The Power of the Spirit (Acts 2:1-13)

Acts 2:1-13 is Luke's narration of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples. As the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus before his ministry commenced so now at the beginning of the work of the Church, the Spirit descends on the disciples with power. The day is Pentecost, a Jewish feast... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Journey's End and a New Beginning

Luke 24:46-53 brings to a conclusion not only the Resurrection narratives but also the whole gospel of Luke. The words and actions narrated in this section continues those events that begin in Luke 24:1 and actually bring to a conclusion the story of the victory dinner of Jesus with the disciples... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

God's Dwelling Place (John 14:23-29)

John 14:23-29 is part of Jesus' reply to the question "How is it that you are revealing yourself to us and not to the world?" (v. 22) Below is an illustration of how vv. 23-29 relates to the rest of the pericope and to other relevant parts of John. Jesus will continue to reveal Himself to his... Sign in to see full entry.

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