The bull of St Luke


Chapter 7: Overview

We begin as we usually do by considering the boundaries of the chapter. Therefore, look again at 7,1 (which we considered in the previous scene). Look also at 8,1.
We can see how 7,1 and 8,1 are both new beginnings so that we can read chapter 7 as a unit.

Now read the chapter and note the various episodes recounted. There are five altogether. The first two are a pair and the second two are connected. The role of the fifth one we will have to consider.
Look at 7,11 and note the words which link the first two episodes. Note how they are also bound by 7,1 and 7,17. We will look at this more closely when we come to our reading.

Reading Plan

Although the episodes of the centurion (7,1-10) and the widow (7,11-17) are a pair, it is convenient to read them on separate pages as they are read on successive Sundays. This gives us the following pages for our reading:

The Sunday Gospel

The episodes of the centurion and the widow are read on the 9th and 10th Sunday of the Year. As I've mentioned, for that reason we will be reading them on separate pages.

The whole of the John the Baptist episode is omitted by the Sunday readings. The thread is then picked up on the 11th Sunday when the Gospel is the story of Simon the Pharisee at the end of the chapter (7,36-50).

We are now ready to read the first episode, the encounter of Jesus and the centurion, Lk 7,1-10.