Luke 18:1-8, Pray without Quitting

[October 20, 2013] In today’s Gospel-reading Jesus tells another parable “to show that at all times [His disciples] ought to pray and not to lose heart”: the Parable of the Widow and the Unjust Judge. As such, the parable can stand by itself and the meaning is clear enough. Paul tells us . . . → Read More: Luke 18:1-8, Pray without Quitting

Luke 17:5-10, His Community Is Sustained by Faith and Humility

[October 6, 2013] On Friday we remembered the day that Francis of Assisi (in 1226) and Theresa of Avila (in 1582) died. I also recall that October 4 was the day I was confirmed forty-seven years ago (in 1970) with the laying on of hands by Bishop Martin.

Background (Luke 14—16)

. . . → Read More: Luke 17:5-10, His Community Is Sustained by Faith and Humility

Luke 16:19-31, Where Despising the Poor Gets You

[September 29, 2013] The story Jesus tells us this Lord’s Day follows on the parable we heard last Lord’s Day, the Parable of the Dishonest Steward. You might recall that in that parable Jesus basically asserted that we are all stewards of God, given the task of managing the resources of the . . . → Read More: Luke 16:19-31, Where Despising the Poor Gets You

Luke 16:1-13, How to Lay Away for the Future

[September 22, 2013] Today we will consider the meaning of the Parable of the Dishonest Steward. We have been treating Luke 14:1—17:19 as a unit and will continue to do so. Until now the issue has been the spiritual miserliness of particular Pharisees who have been offended by Jesus’ corresponding generosity. In . . . → Read More: Luke 16:1-13, How to Lay Away for the Future

Luke 15:1-10, Seeking the Lost, Receiving the Penitent

[September 15, 2013] When a story or parable is familiar to us, we usually do not pay it the attention it deserves. This is probably true of the Parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin. These two parables are followed by the Parable of the Prodigal Son, and the three . . . → Read More: Luke 15:1-10, Seeking the Lost, Receiving the Penitent

Luke 14:25-35, The Cost of Discipleship

[September 8, 2013] Right now Christians are being persecuted and killed in Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood. Over sixty churches and the buildings associated with them (hospitals, schools, etc.) have been burned. It is so bad that even moderate Muslims have given their lives in defense of Christians. To this day Christians . . . → Read More: Luke 14:25-35, The Cost of Discipleship

Luke 14:7-14, Taking the Least Place for the “Lesser” Ones

[September 1, 2013] Up until now Jesus had been calling on people to repent, making it clear that the turning of their hearts back to God will require a gratuitous act of God to awaken their spirits to divine and created reality. Friendly Pharisees had come to warn Him of the danger . . . → Read More: Luke 14:7-14, Taking the Least Place for the “Lesser” Ones

Luke 13:10-17, Do Not Trivialize God’s Grace

[August 25, 2013] With this week’s reading, we are in the midst of Luke’s unique account of Jesus’ final journey to Jerusalem, a ten-chapter teaching-section that contains some material from Matthew but much that is new. One clue to Luke’s arrangement of his material in this section is to pay attention to . . . → Read More: Luke 13:10-17, Do Not Trivialize God’s Grace

Luke 12:49-59, The Fire that Jesus Sets Ablaze

[August 18, 2013] I have been away for four Sundays, leaving only one posting about the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans during that time. Over the course of the last three Sundays I was traveling with family in Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Malta and Sicily as an American tourist. Let us get into . . . → Read More: Luke 12:49-59, The Fire that Jesus Sets Ablaze

Luke 10:25-37, The Parable of the Good Samaritan

[July 14, 2013] The Parable of the Good Samaritan is (or used to be) well known, and its meaning is usually taken for granted. We are to act like the Good Samaritan and help the helpless. Our neighbor is the man on the side of the road whom others pass by. Perhaps . . . → Read More: Luke 10:25-37, The Parable of the Good Samaritan