Tag Archives: parables–interpretation

  1. Neighbors (Luke 10.25-37) [sermon 3-5-2017]

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    March 2, 2017 by jmar198013

    What must I do to gain eternal life? That was the scribe’s original question. Jesus’s final answer is to go and do what the Samaritan did that day. And in two thousand years, I don’t believe his answer has changed.

  2. Saving your life and losing it: Reading Luke with Oscar Romero

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    August 14, 2013 by jmar198013

    The Gospel of Luke’s parables of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16.19-31) and the rich fool (12.16-20) provide excellent commentary on Jesus’ words in Luke 9.24-25: “All who want to save their lives will lose them. But all who lose their lives because of me will save them. What advantage do people have if they gain the whole world for themselves yet perish or lose their lives?” These generic rich men represent those who would secure their lives, but ultimately discover their lives lost. Their hells are homemade. Oscar Romero, one of the martyrs of our time, recognized that our lives are secured only as they are invested in the least among us. His forthright telling of this truth cost him his life. Preaching like he did might not get you shot in America, but it may very well get you fired. Yet, the church must be called into salvation, lest we share the fate of Luke’s rich men: dying lost in our gated communities, buried under our lucre. If Christians and churches live like that, we too may die unnoticed, unlamented, and forgotten.

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