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Luke 23:32-47 Commentary
by Greg Carey
Luke goes to great lengths to characterize Jesus’ death as a continuation of his ministry.
Maintaining continuity between Jesus’ ministry and his death provides one key marker of healthy theology. Jesus announced the reign of God. His works of compassion restored people to wholeness. Dining with Pharisees and sinners alike, Jesus demonstrated the all-inclusive nature of God’s reign. His parables invited people to imagine a world in which Samaritans demonstrate righteousness, scoundrels model wisdom, and widows win justice. His path led him to Jerusalem, where crowds acclaimed him as king while he took possession of the halls of power. For Luke, and for good theology, Jesus approaches his death just as he lived.
Some folks accuse Paul of creating a rift between Jesus’ life and death. Paul committed no such error. In perhaps Romans’ key passage, Paul insists that God demonstrates God’s righteousness precisely through Jesus’ own faithfulness. Our translations have tended to read, “faith in Jesus Christ,” where Paul means something ...
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Narrative Lectionary 077: Good Friday
March 29, 2013
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Mary Shore, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary. This week's readings are: Luke 23:32-47; and Psalm 31:5-13 or 31:5a.