The Year of Luke . . .

We do not know who actually wrote this gospel. From the author's own acknowledgement, we know that they were not an eyewitness of Jesus' ministry. Three times the letters attributed to St. Paul mention someone named Luke as one of his traveling companions. So this is the name that stuck since the second century. In any event, the Lukan narrative is in well-written Greek and shares some of the qualities of ancient histories and biographies. It tells the stories of Jesus' words and deeds in both an edifying and entertaining way.


In Luke the chief title for Jesus is "Lord" (Kyrious in Greek), which appears some three dozen times. Mark, by comparison refers to Jesus as "Lord" only about six times.  The main idea of this title was not so much that of a master who rules over others, as that of a benefactor, the one whose purpose is to enhance the welfare of the people of Israel, or the citizens in the empire, or of the members of the family. By pinning the title of "Lord" on Jesus, Luke pictures him as a great benefactor, as one who brings the blessings of wholeness and peace, joy, and salvation into the world. 


During the coming lectionary year, we will read eight parables which will include parables like "The Prodigal Son" and "The Good Samaritan" and others which are only found in the gospel of Luke. 

 

In spite of opposition and persecution, undercurrents of joy and prayer run through Luke. These reflect the correct response that we as faith-filled people make to our Lord as we continue to enjoy his benefactions and share them with others. It is easy to see Luke's agenda for creating a more just and compassionate world. Luke's gospel challenges us and compels Lus to live out our values in ways that will bring divine benefits to all humankind. 

Sermons in Year C 2021-2022

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  • First Sunday of Advent, 28 November 2021:  Advent Lessons and Carols

    Based on a set of medieval refrains called the O Antiphons, the hymn we know as O come, O come, Emmanuel, provide the structure of this services of readings from the Old and New Testaments.

  • Advent II, 5 December 2021: The way Out of No Way

    Advent always begins in the wilderness with the voice of John the Baptist crying out. But what does the wilderness have to teach us? And why do we have to go through the wilderness in order to get to the manger in Bethlehem?

  • Advent III, 12 December 2021: Repent and Rejoice

    We are still in the wilderness with John who is preaching a firy sermon about repentance . . . and yet the other texts for today tell us to rejoice and shout for joy. Wait, what? What has repentance to do with joy and rejoicing?

  • Advent IV, 19 December 2021: Joy to the Word, Christ Comes to Do God's Will

    Two miraculous pregnancies. Two prophetic songs that put the world on notice.

  • Christmas I, 26 December 2021: Losing Jesus

    What if we need to lose Jesus so that we can find him and see him anew?

  • Christmas II, 2 January 2022: Make Way for the Image of God

    Christmas is not just an event for a day or even 12 days . . . its a way of life.

  • Baptism of Our Lord, 9 January 2022: Being Beloved

    The early church found the story of Jesus' baptism "embarrassing." Why? And, are we any less embarrassed by Jesus, let a lone his baptism.

  • Epiphany II, 16 January 2022: They Have no Wine

    They have no wine. With these words, Mary speaks a truth about our lives.

  • Epiphany III, 23 January 2022: Here I Stand

    Jesus reads from the prophet Isaiah and in his first public sermon takes a very public stand about who he is and what his mission is all about. But that's not just about him, it's also about us.