4th Sun C
The Commentaries Summarised
As a Church we are in a web of wisdom that comes to us both from tradition and contemporary writers. This section offers a summary of some commentaries on the Gospel. Also below is a list of the books and articles that have been consulted in compiling this Sunday's "Pray As You Can" and which could be used for further reading.
This Sunday's Commentary
It is a shame that this section of Luke’s Gospel has been split over two Sunday’s. Together the readings form a whole which has a significant role in the Gospel. With this story, Luke sets the tone, looking both forward and backwards in his Gospel. In last Sunday’s text, Jesus told what type of anointed one he would be. He would offer the ‘acceptance of God’ to all people, especially to those who were oppressed. Luke’s signature parables – the Prodigal Son and the Lost Sheep – show the lengths to which God will go to include all within his embrace. But to be included within that embrace, one must also offer to others, what one has received from God.
The people of Nazareth welcome what Jesus can offer them. Unfortunately, they see his role as of service to themselves primarily and are profoundly offended at the prospect of salvation being offered to the Gentiles. Jesus’ preaching does what Simeon had earlier predicted Jesus would do: lay bare the secret thoughts of many. Jesus in his goodness brings out the evil which is in the human heart, an evil that is capable of the murder of the innocent. As Jesus’ ministry comes to its culmination that is what ultimately happens. In Jerusalem, Jesus will receive, at first, favourable acceptance. Then he will provoke the ire of the religious authorities and the plot to kill him will be successful…only he will pass through evil and death, not to go away but to offer the truest healing to the sinful human heart: his Resurrection Life.