With its beauty, the Gospel of Luke has always attracted both theologians and artists as well as ordinary believers. It is widely used in the divine services and in Church teaching, especially in catechesis and spiritual life. It is precisely through it that we know the beautiful parables of Jesus about the merciful father, the Good Samaritan, the Publican and the Pharisee, the rich man and Lazarus, the dishonest steward, and others, and we also know about some of the miracles and events from Jesus’ life, for example, the prophecy of Zachariah and the birth of John the Baptist, the prophecy of Simeon and Anna, Jesus at twelve years old visiting the Temple, the commissioning of the seventy-two disciples, the hospitality of Martha and Mary, the healing of the woman with a severely crooked spine, the healing of the ten lepers, the encounter with Zacchaeus, the disciples’ journey to Emmaus… In addition, Luke, of all the evangelists speaks the most about Mary, Jesus’ mother: he describes the Annunciation at Nazareth, Mary’s visit to Elizabeth, Simeon’s prophetic words addressed to Mary that a sword will pierce her heart, and how Mary and Joseph searched for twelve-year-old Jesus in Jerusalem, noting that at Nazareth “his mother treasured all these things in her heart” (Lk 2:51). It is necessary to mention the prophetic shout of a woman in the crowd: “Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you” (Lk 11:28), — and the beatitude that Jesus uses in response, addressing it to every true disciple: “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it” (Lk 11:28).
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