GOSPEL of LUKE
Five and Six
Jesus answered, "Those who are healthy have no need
of a doctor but those who are ill have. I did not come to invite
the righteous but sinners to repentance."
CONDITIONS OF A MIRACLE
was standing on the shore of the Lake of Gennesaret while the crowds
pressed in upon him to listen to the word of God. He saw two boats
riding close to the shore. The fishermen had disembarked from them
and were washing their nets. He embarked on one of the boats, which
belonged to Simon, and asked him to push out a little from the land.
He sat down and continued to teach the crowds from the boat. When
he stopped speaking, he said to Simon, "Push out into the deep water
and let down your nets for a catch." Simon answered, "Master, we
have toiled all night long and we caught nothing; but, if you say
so, I will let down the nets." When they had done so they enclosed
a great crowd of fishes; their nets were torn with the numbers;
so they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and
help them. They came and they filled both the boats so that they
began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this he fell at Jesus' knees.
"Leave me, Lord," he said, "because I am a sinful man." Wonder gripped
him and all who were with him at the number of fishes they had caught.
It was the same with James and John, Zebedee's sons, who were partners
with Simon. Jesus said to Simon, "From now on you will be catching
men." So they brought the boats to land and they left everything
and followed him.
Jesus was in one of the towns - look you - a man who was a severe
case of leprosy saw him. He fell before him and besought him, "Lord,
if you are willing to do so you are able to cleanse me." Jesus stretched
out his hand and touched him. "I am willing," he said. "Be cleansed."
Immediately the leprosy left him. Jesus enjoined him to tell no
one. "But," he said, "go and show yourself to the priest, and bring
the offering for cleansing, as Moses's law laid it down, to prove
to them that you are cured."
withdrew into the desert places and he continued in prayer. On a
certain day he was teaching and, sitting listening, there were Pharisees
and experts in the law who had come from every village in Galilee
and from Judaea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was there
to enable him to heal.
look you - there came men bearing on a bed a man who was paralyzed,
and they were trying to carry him in and to lay him before Jesus.
When they could find no way to carry him in because of the crowd
they climbed up on to the roof and they let him down, bed and all,
through the tiles right into the middle of them in front of Jesus.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said, "Man, your sins are forgiven
and Pharisees began to raise questions. "Who," they said, "is this
who insults God? Who can forgive sins but God alone?" Jesus was
well aware of what they were thinking. He answered, "What are you
thinking about in your hearts? Which is easier - to say, 'Your sins
are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Rise and walk'? But that you may
know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins
(he said to the paralyzed man), I tell you rise, take up your bed,
and go to your own house." And immediately he stood up in front
of them and lifted up the bedding on which he was lying and went
away to his house, glorifying God. Astonishment gripped them all
and they glorified God and were filled with awe. "Today," they said,
"we have seen amazing things."
GUEST OF AN OUTCAST
that Jesus went out, and he saw a tax collector, called Levi, sitting
at his tax collector's table. He said to him, "Follow me!" He left
everything and rose and followed him. And Levi made a great feast
for him in his house; and a great crowd of tax collectors and others
who were their friends sat down at table with them. The Pharisees
and scribes complained at this, and said to the disciples, "Why
do you eat and drink with tax-collectors and sinners?" Jesus answered,
"Those who are healthy have no need of a doctor but those who are
ill have. I did not come to invite the righteous but sinners to
to him, "John's disciples fast frequently and pray. So do the disciples
of the Pharisees; but your disciples eat and drink." Jesus said
to them, "You cannot make the children of the bridechamber fast
while the bridegroom is with them. But the days will come - and
when the bridegroom is taken away from them in those days they will
a parable to them like this; "Nobody puts a patch from a new garment
on an old garment. If he does the new will tear it and the patch
from the new will not match the old. No one puts new wine into old
skins. If he does the new wine will burst the skins and it will
be spilled and the skins will be ruined. But new wine must be put
into new skins, and no one who drinks old wine wishes for new for
he says, 'The old is good.'"
THE INCREASING OPPOSITION
day, Jesus happened to be going through the cornfields, and his
disciples were plucking the ears of corn and rubbing them in their
hands and eating them. Some of the Pharisees said, "Why are you
doing what is illegal to do on the Sabbath?" Jesus answered, "Have
you not read what David did when he and his comrades were hungry?
- how he went into the house of God and took the loaves of the presence
and ate them and gave them to his comrades, although it is not legal
for any but the priests to eat them. The Son of Man," he said to
them, "is the Lord of the Sabbath."
DEFIANCE OF JESUS
Sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and was teaching, and there
was a man there whose right hand was withered. The Scribes and the
Pharisees watched him to see if he would heal on the Sabbath day
in order to find a charge against him. He knew well what they were
thinking. He said to the man with the withered hand, "Rise, and
stand in the midst." He rose and stood. Jesus said to them, "Here
is a question for you - is it legal to do good on the Sabbath day
or to do evil? To save a life or to destroy it?" He looked round
on them and said to him, "Stretch out your hand." He did so and
his hand was restored. They were filled with insane anger, and they
discussed with each other what they could do to Jesus.
CHOOSES HIS MEN
days Jesus went away into a mountain to pray; and he spent the whole
night in prayer to God. When day came he called his disciples. From
them he chose twelve, whom he also called apostles - Simon, whom
he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James, and John, and
Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the
son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, and Judas
the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. He came
down with them and took his stand with them on a place in the plain;
and there was a great crowd of his disciples there, and a great
crowd of people from all Judaea and Jerusalem and from the coastal
district of Tyre and Sidon, who had come to listen to him and to
be healed from their diseases; and those who were distressed by
unclean spirits were healed and the whole crowd sought to touch
him because power went out from him, and he healed all.
END OF THE WORLD'S VALUES
lifted up his eyes upon his disciples and said, "Happy are you poor,
because yours is the Kingdom of God. Happy are you who are hungry
now because you will be filled. Happy are you who weep now because
you will laugh. Happy are you when men will hate you and shut you
off from their company and insult you and cast out your name as
an evil name, for the sake of the Son of Man; for - look you - your
reward in heaven will be great. Their fathers used to treat the
prophets in the same way. But woe to you who are rich because you
have all the comfort you are going to get. Woe to you who are filled
because you will be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now because you
will grieve and weep. Woe to you when all men speak well of you,
for that is what your fathers used to do to the false prophets."
said, "But to you who are listening I say, Love your enemies, do
good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for
those who ill-use you. To him who strikes you on one cheek offer
the other cheek also. If anyone takes away your cloak, do not stop
him taking your tunic, too. Give to everyone who asks you; if anyone
takes away your belongings, do not demand them back again. As you
would like men to act towards you, so do you act towards them. If
you love those who love you, what special grace is there in that?
Even sinners love those who love them. If you are kind to those
who are kind to you, what special grace is there in that? Even sinners
love those who love them. If you are kind to those who are kind
to you, what special grace is there in that? Even sinners do that.
If you lend to those from whom you wish to get, what special grace
is in that? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to get as much
back again. But you must love your enemies; and do good to them;
and lend with no hope of getting anything in return. Your reward
will be great and you will be the sons of the Most High, because
he is kind both to the thankless and to the wicked. Be merciful
as your Father in heaven is merciful; do not judge and you will
not be judged; do not condemn and you will not be condemned; forgive
and you will be forgiven. Give and it will be given to you. People
will give into your bosom, good measure pressed together, shaken
down, running over; for with what measure you measure it will be
measured to you back again."
FOR LIFE AND LIVING
spoke a parable to them: "Surely a blind man cannot lead a blind
man? If he tries to do so will not both fall into the ditch? The
disciple cannot advance beyond his teacher, but every disciple will
be equipped as his teacher is. Why do you look at the speck of dust
that is in your brother's eye and never notice the plank that is
in your own eye? Or, how can you say to your brother, 'Brother,
let me take out the speck of dust that is in your eye,' when you
yourself do not notice the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite!
First put the plank out of your own eye and then you will see clearly
to put out the speck of dust that is in your brother's eye. There
is no good tree which produces rotten fruit; nor again, is there
a rotten tree which produces good fruit. Each tree is recognized
by its own fruit. People do not gather figs from thistles nor do
they gather grapes from a bramble bush. The good man produces good
from the treasure of his heart. The evil man produces evil from
the evil. The mouth speaks out of whatever abounds in the heart."
ONLY SURE FOUNDATION
said, "Why do you call me, Lord, Lord, and do not what I say? I
will show you what everyone who comes to me and listens to my words
and does them is like. He is like a man building a house, who dug
deep down into the earth and laid the foundation on a rock. When
the flood rose the river dashed against that house but it could
not shake it because it was well founded. But he who has listened
to me and has not done what I say is like a man who built his house
on the top of earth without any foundation. The river dashed against
it and immediately it collapsed, and great was the fall of it."
turn to chapters seven and eight