Moved from His Inward Parts: Jesus’s Human and Divine Compassion in the Gospel of Luke
AbstractIn the Raising of the Widow’s Son at Nain (Lk 7:11-17), the Evangelist describes Jesus as moved by compassion when he sees a widow mourning the loss of her only son. This is an unusual description of Jesus’s emotions in Luke’s Gospel. Of the twenty-one signs and miracles in Luke’s Gospel, it is the only instance when we are told Jesus’s feelings. This article proposes that the Evangelist intended Jesus’s emotion at Nain to signal an important prophetic fulfillment as well as to introduce an important literary motif for Luke’s theology of love. A story that is rarely included in the Church’s Sunday readings, the miracle at Nain was written to unite three prominent liturgical readings from Luke’s Gospel: the Benedictus, the Good Samaritan, and the Prodigal Son. If its meaning and context are recovered, Jesus’s compassion at Nain will amplify our understanding of these prominent passages and enable a more effective evangelization from Luke’s Gospel.
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NORA, Gerald E.. Moved from His Inward Parts: Jesus’s Human and Divine Compassion in the Gospel of Luke. Theophilus: The Student Journal of Catholic Theological Union, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 1, p. 36-44, may 2017. ISSN 2374-4251. Available at: <http://theophilusjournal.org/index.php/ctustud/article/view/1308>. Date accessed: 24 oct. 2017.
Luke; Compassion; splagchnizomai; bowels; Benedictus; Nain; Good Samaritan; Prodigal Son
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