"Great Catch of Fish," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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Luke 22:1-27 Commentary
by Greg Carey
Jesus feeds his betrayer.
As one commentator has observed, in Luke it seems Jesus is always at a meal, on his way to a meal, or coming back from a meal. Simon’s mother-in-law feeds Jesus (4:39), Levi throws a “great banquet” for him (5:29), various Pharisees feed him on three occasions (7:36-50; 11:37-53; 14:1-24), and Zacchaeus hosts him (19:5-7). There’s a good chance Jesus’ visit to Martha and Mary involves food (10:38-42). No wonder bread figures prominently in the prayer Jesus teaches his disciples and his teaching concerning prayer (11:1-14).
Food is a big deal in Luke’s parables as well. The neighbor needs bread for his surprise guest (11:5-8). If we include Luke 13:25-30 among Jesus’ parables, there people facing judgment will claim, “We ate and drank with you.” Among the three parables in Luke 15, the father throws a party when his lost son returns -- giving us the impression that the shepherd and the woman celebrate with food as well. The rich fool ...
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Narrative Lectionary 076: Maundy Thursday
March 28, 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 22:1-27; and Psalm 34:8-10 or 34:8.