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Luke In Lent - Luke 20:1-47

01/04/2019 9:35 am

Today's podcast for 'Reading Luke in Lent' looks at Luke, Chapter 20:1-47.

In the Palm Sunday liturgy we hear the triumphal entry to Jerusalem and then we listen to the Passion narrative. In between Jesus is teaching in the temple. As often in Luke his audience is varied. There are the people who support him and his disciples, and then there are the scribes and the Sadducees who are seeking ways to catch Jesus out. Phrases from what Jesus says will be taken and make up the accusations against him. In this section the questions are about Jesus’s authority. As in other sections it moves from direct questions to parables and back.

First he is asked about the baptisms which John made - as a good rabbi he returns with a question which confounds the elders. Jesus follows up with a parable about a vineyard where eventually, in language which recalls his own baptism by John, the beloved son is sent by the Father and is killed.

Then Jesus is challenged about Caesar’s authority. In a similar way to the elders earlier he is potentially trapped if he answers either way. If he answers against the Romans he could then be handed over to Pilate. His answer is based on the image on the coins (Jewish coins did not have human imagery); a reminder that we are made in God’s image and so we have to offer ourselves to God.

The section ends with a condemnation of the scribes which includes the mistreatment of widows. As is often the case in Luke it reminds us of the widows who have previously appeared but also prepares us for one at the start of the next section.

'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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