Luke is a consummate artist when it comes to storytelling. His portrayal of Jesus has been dominant not only in theological, spiritual and devotional writing but also in the visual arts and the musical traditions of the church. His gospel emphasises the benevolence, care, compassion and forgiveness of Jesus manifest in the many familiar episodes, parables and teachings of the gospel. Focus on prayer, praise and joy, together with an emphasis on the role of the Holy Spirit, the presence of women in Jesus’ ministry, concern for the poor, the outcast and the marginalised, together with a compassionate ministry to sinners and an openness to Samaritans and foreigners, all have contributed to this popular image of Jesus in the gospel of Luke. He alone has the three canticles, the Benedictus, the Magnificat and the Nunc Dimittis, used every day in the morning, evening and the nighttime Liturgy of the Hours and the Gloria in Excelsis which provides the opening verses of the Gloria in the Mass and the refrain for several popular hymns, especially in the Christmas season.
The author says: ‘I offer this commentary as an aid for students of theology and as a guide for serious readers in the hope that it will deepen their spiritual and theological insight. I offer it also to those many preachers who wish to underpin their preaching with serious reading and to the many people who practice lectio divina and other forms of spiritual reading. I aim to bring up-to-date scholarship and insight to the reader in non-technical language.’
About the Author
Michael Mullins is a priest of the diocese of Waterford and Lismore. He was director of Studies at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome and an assistant at the Gregorian University before becoming Professor of Scripture in St John’s College in Waterford in 1975 where he served also as Dean and president until 1998. From 1998 until 2009 he lectured in Sacred Scripture at Maynooth and is visiting lecturer in the National Centre for Liturgy since 1978.