Lukeus Reflection

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The Gospel of Luke, Jesus describes his purpose as one of preaching the good news of the Kingdom of God, saying, “I must preach the good news of the Kingdom of God to the other towns as well, for I was sent for this purpose.” (Luke 4:43) Jesus told parables to help us grow a closer relationship with God and to stimulate fresh ways of thought, decision, and action. C.H. Dodd wrote, “At its simplest the parable is a metaphor or simile drawn from nature or common life, arresting the hearer by its vividness or strangeness and leaving the mind in sufficient doubt about its precise application to tease it into active thought.” The stories are full of moral lessons that teach us that being worthy will get us rewards. As we listen to the parables, we remember that when we serve in the Kingdom of God, God blesses and values us as human. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus told many parables, in which the parables of the Good Samaritan and of the Lost Sheep are two of my favorites. These stories portray Jesus’ works and how he reaches out to all kinds of people. The Parable of the Good Samaritan, (Luke10:25-37), teaches us that a man must do something to obtain eternal life. “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 10:25) A man is traveling to Jericho from Jerusalem beaten and robbed. A Priest and a Levite passed him from the opposite side of the road and showed no love or compassion for the man lying there. They both should have known God’s law of love and
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