About Year C, Luke
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What do we know about the Gospel writer Luke?
Luke is also the author of the book of Acts. Luke is not an eyewitness of the ministry of Jesus, bur relies on those who were there (Luke 1:21) Luke is well-educated. Luke is acquainted with both the Old Testament and the Hellenistic literary techniques. It is unclear if Luke is Jewish or Gentile.
What is unique about the Gospel of Luke?
Luke is full of contrasts. (Example: men/women; old/young: angels/shepherds) Luke contains much liturgy. (Example: Mary’s Magnificat; Simeon’s Song) Prayer is an important part of this Gospel. Watch how often Jesus prays before major decisions. Luke’s Gospel includes outsiders (Example: poor, Gentiles, women) Women play an important role throughout Luke’s Gospel. This Gospel (like the Gospel of Matthew) probably used the Gospel of Mark and another source for it foundation of stories. Consequently, there are close parallel verses in the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke.
What can the Gospel of Luke teach me about being a disciple of Jesus Christ?
Jesus calls all people to follow him and to go to the ends of the earth to make disciples of all people. (Acts 1:8) Through the Gospel of Luke, we are reminded of the gift of the Holy Spirit, worship and prayer as we live daily as disciples of Jesus Christ.