The bull of St Luke


Welcome to our reading of the Gospel of Luke.


During the Church's year 2015-2016. the Sunday Gospel will usually be taken from the Gospel of Luke. This is cycle C in the Church's Lectionary.
Our aim therefore is to read the Gospel of Luke over the coming months. Once we have read a passage, we will then be able to see how it is used as a Sunday Gospel.

A feature of the Sunday readings in Ordinary Time is that the Old Testament reading is chosen to accompany the Gospel. Sometimes the choice is a success, at others less so. Looking at these readings as we proceed will give us a useful background to our reading of the Gospel.

Our project will be to read the Gospel of Luke as his story and presentation of the good news of Jesus. This is the longest of the four Gospels. Among the four, we need to discover what is the distinctive message of this, traditionally the third Gospel. The Gospel of Luke is the only Gospel to have a sequel, the Acts of the Apostles. Together, Luke and Acts are about a quarter of the New Testament in length. We will look at the two togther as part of our orientation and preparation for our reading.


My approach will be to introduce a reading of the passage and suggest questions for you to consider during your reading and to give you possible avenues of exploration. I then ask you to go to another page where I give you a detailed reply, my response. If you have found something different, that is not necessarily wrong.

Try to make more time available during the first few weeks of reading when there will be more background to cover. After a while, an hour each week ought to be ample time.

Always of course have your Bible with you. Part of our reading will aim to help us to get used to thumbing through the Bible and getting to know your way around. The Bible itself is often the best interpreter of the Bible.
Whilst one Bible must always be your primary Bible, it can be very useful to look at others and compare translations. All translations have their strengths and their weaknesses.

The Programme

Our first step must be an Orientation, an overview of the Gospel. There are many signs that the evangelist planned his story carefully. A sound reading needs to fit into the evangelist's framework. To some extent, most of us are already familiar (or think we are familiar) with the Gospel. A first time reading would be a very different experience of the Gospel. We must try to recreate this as far as possible and to read carefully and be open in our expectations.

Our reading will then unfold from chapter 1 right through to chapter 24. It is of course possible to read the part of particular concern, on a particular Sunday for example. Always though we need to keep in mind the wider context.


Navigation on this site will be somewhat restricted: I went you to keep to the task in hand and encourage to do as much as possible for yourselves before looking at my response.
Navigation is primarily vertical, though the site is not very deep. If you wish to move elsewhere in the site, the route is to go up as far as necessary and then come back down again. All pages have a link to the Home Page and to the opening page of the Gospel being read. Response pages will return you to the page from which you came.