GOSPEL OF LUKE

THE EXTRAVAGANCE OF GOD’S LOVE FOR US

Brian Purfield LUKELUKE 7:297:29 –– 8:38:3

 VaryingVarying ResponsesResponses toto JesusJesus ’’ MinistryMinistry (7:29(7:29 --35)35)

 HospitalityHospitality && InhospitalityInhospitality inin thethe HouseHouse ofof SimonSimon (7:36(7:36 --50)50)

 WomenWomen MinisterMinister toto JesusJesus (8:1(8:1 --3)3) CONTEXT

 Ch.7:Ch.7: Forgiveness:Forgiveness:

AA GentileGentile SoldierSoldier (7:1(7:1 --10)10) AA GrievingGrieving WidowWidow (7:11(7:11 --17)17) AA DoubtingDoubting ProphetProphet (7:18(7:18 --35)35) AA RejectedRejected SinnerSinner (7:36(7:36 --50)50) CONTEXT

 ForgivenessForgiveness is:is:

 NeededNeeded byby allall  GodGod’’ss giftgift  ChangesChanges liveslives VARYINGVARYING RESPONSESRESPONSES TOTO JESUSJESUS ’’ MINISTRYMINISTRY (7:29(7:29 --35)35)

 Comment from Luke (7:29-30)

 Reflection from (7:31-35) LKLK 7:327:32 --3535

 Chiastic (7:32-34)

A: Celebration (flute playing/dancing) B: Wailing/weeping B’: Austere ministry of John A’: Celebratory ministry of Jesus

 Wisdom’s children (7:35) HospitalityHospitality && InhospitalityInhospitality inin thethe HouseHouse ofof SimonSimon (7:36(7:36 --50)50)

 Greek symposium?

 Important teaching

 Context of hospitality

 Eucharistic overtones WOMANWOMAN ANOINTSANOINTS JESUSJESUS

 WomanWoman anointsanoints JesusJesus ’’ headhead atat BethanyBethany (Mk(Mk 14:314:3 --9;9; MtMt 26:626:6 --13)13)

 MaryMary ofof BethanyBethany anointsanoints JesusJesus ’’ feetfeet && wipeswipes themthem withwith herher hairhair (( JnJn 12:112:1 --8)8)

 LkLk 7:357:35 --5050 –– similaritiessimilarities && differencesdifferences

 WronglyWrongly identifiedidentified asas MaryMary MagdalenMagdalen SIMON THE PHARISEE

 More realistic portrayal of (Lk)

 “Separated” ones

 Change in power

 Identity & name THE WOMAN

 Sinner – no hint of nature of her sin

 Depth of her response

 Shocking description SIMONSIMON ’’SS REACTIONREACTION

 Negative thoughts

 Jesus tries to bring such thoughts to surface Parable of Two Debtors (Lk 7:41-42)

 1 denarius = a labourer’s daily pay

 God’s forgiving love cannot be measured in human terms

 Does Simon fully understand? TWO RESPONSES

[Simon] [The Woman] I came into your house & you yet she has bathed my offered me no water for my feet feet with her tears and (= did not bathe ). wiped them dry with her hair.

You gave me no kiss , yet ever since I arrived, she has not ceased kissing my feet.

You did not anoint my head yet she has anointed my with oil feet with perfume. VERSE 47

 Understood in either of two ways:

 Her many sins were forgiven as a result of her great love

 Her actions of great love show her state of forgiveness Lk 7:48-50

 “Your sins are forgiven… Your faith has saved you: go in peace”

 Faith & salvation

 Cf. Zechariah’s Canticle (1:77, 79) TWO LESSONS

 GodGod ’’ss mercymercy isis alwaysalways therethere beforebefore anyoneanyone asksasks

 OutOut ofof forgivenessforgiveness flowsflows lovelove WOMEN MINISTER TO JESUS (Lk 8:1-3)

 Lukan summary of Jesus’ ministry

 Male-female balance in Luke

 Role of significant women in Lk/Acts NEXTNEXT WEEKWEEK

 Exchanges Hospitality with Jesus: Lk 19:1-10