Scripture

Luke in Lent 2: 20-52

07/03/2019 12:00 pm

Today's podcast for 'Reading Luke in Lent' looks at Luke, Chapter 2: 20-52.

Luke’s story of the births of John the Baptist and of Jesus began in the temple and here returns to the temple in Jerusalem. Joseph and Mary seek to fulfil the law but can only afford a pair of turtledoves (this is the option for those who cannot afford a lamb and a turtledove).

One of Luke’s themes is God’s compassion for the poor — already expressed in Mary’s Magnificat. One of his other themes is that through Jesus salvation is offered to all which is what Simeon says in his blessing (the Nunc Dimittis) — a light of revelation to the Gentiles. Luke is also interested in the role of women in the story of Jesus and gives a brief pen portrait of Anna, who recognises the Messiah and ‘speaks of him to all’.

An intriguing way of reading the story of Jesus in the temple is pick up the echoes of the resurrection narratives in Luke. It takes place in Jerusalem, his parents go searching for him on the third day and Jesus’ first words in the Gospel are ‘Why were you looking for me?’ The angels at the tomb say to the women ‘Why do you seek the living among the dead?’.

'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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