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, which we hear on 23 March, Jesus illustrates to his listeners the joy of forgiveness, both on the part of the penitent sinner and of God.
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?
Jack Mahoney examines the significance of traditional Lenten observances and introduces us to the person and theology of St Luke.
What do Matthew (Vigil Mass [1:1-25]) and Luke (who announces the birth of Christ at Midnight [2:1-14] and Dawn [2:15-20] Mass) tell us about God in the Nativity stories with which we're so familiar?
This elegantly-produced work serves a dual purpose: it reflects an actual pilgrimage to the Holy Land by the author; and it is a sort of verbal pilgrimage through the texts of the third Gospel.
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