"Mary, the Evangelist," Sadao Watanabe. Used by permission from the artist.
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Luke 24:1-12 Commentary
by Eric Barreto
How can we believe the unbelievable?
When our assumptions about the world are shaken to the very core, how do we move forward? Even when it is good news, how can we believe the unbelievable? These questions are particularly pressing for the preacher on Easter morning.
In Luke, the cross is a tragedy. Luke emphasizes Jesus’ innocence throughout the passion narratives (22:51-53; 23:4, 9, 14-15, 41, 47). Jesus had done nothing to merit this cruel, public execution. He was innocent of all charges according to Luke. The cross is a display of imperial arrogance and incompetence. As Jesus is passed from ruler to ruler, the frailty and cruelty of Roman power is laid bare. This is not a system of justice but a broken exercise of power that treads upon the weak and the powerless.
In this way, Luke’s Jesus is not alone. He is accompanied by many other anonymous victims of Rome’s imperial violence. In this way too, Jesus becomes a sibling of others unjustly executed by the powerful. Moreover, the cross does not evoke ...
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April 16, 2017
This podcast on Luke 24:1-12, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Apr. 16, 2017, features Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Matt Skinner. Podcast recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn.