Luke In Lent - Luke 18:9-43

01/04/2019 9:35 am

Today's podcast for 'Reading Luke in Lent' looks at Luke, Chapter 18:9-43.

There are those who recognise Jesus for who he is and then there are also those who mistake him. In this passage the disciples, including Peter and the twelve get things wrong whereas a blind man and children respond to Jesus’s presence. In the middle is the rich ruler who recognises Jesus but finds his teaching difficult to put into practice.

The opening parable is one of contrasts. The Pharisees hardly prays at all — he thanks God from himself; the tax collector in both words and posture shows himself to be repentant and to need God’s mercy. This is a lesson in humility which the disciples do not learn as try to turn away children - the least and the smallest.

Once again Jesus tells his disciples about why they are going to Jerusalem and what will happen there. It is only after the resurrection that they will understand when he opens their minds to understand the Scriptures (24:45).

What the disciples do not understand a blind man sees. He recognises Jesus as ‘Son of David’ that is as a king who is approaching Jerusalem.

Luke continues to lay down images and ideas which will be picked up in a subsequent passage. In this section we have seen a repentant tax-collector and heard how difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God’. The next section will pick these ideas up.

'Reading Luke in Lent' is a series of simple podcasts for the Lenten season offering a daily reading from St Luke - covering the Gospel from start to finish - from Ash Wednesday to the first week of Easter.


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