What does it mean to be disciples of Jesus? (Fifth part)

Repentance (along with “turning”) is a key term describing one’s proper response to the offer of salvation in Acts (e.g., Acts 2:38; 3:19; 5:31; 8:22), but as a term it is not often found in the Third Gospel. The concept of repentance is present everywhere in the Gospel of Luke, however,…

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What does it mean to be disciples of Jesus? (Sixth part)

Jesus  defines discipleship as following him (Lk 9:23), a concept Luke develops above all by noting the presence of the disciples continually “with” Jesus (Lk 6:17; 7:11; 8:1; 9:10; 22:11.14.28.39; cf. Lk 8:38; 22:33). This may seem a rather vague and passive role, this “being with Jesus”, but in Acts…

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The Pope Francis’ Encyclical letter on Ecology (Fifth part)

Today we resume the comment of the biblical reflections contained in the Encyclical letter “Laudato si’” of Pope Francis: 69. Together with our obligation to use the earth’s goods responsibly, we are called to recognize that other living beings have a value of their own in God’s eyes: “by their mere existence…

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What does it mean to be disciples of Jesus? (Third part)

In the broadest sense, discipleship is possible at all because of the gracious intervention of God in human affairs. More narrowly, Luke portrays Jesus as going to people and calling them to join him in discipleship (5:1-11, 27; 9:59; 18:22).  Compared to the portrayal of disciple-calling in the Gospel of…

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