Dedicated to the writings of Saint Luke.

Friday, June 27, 2008

The blind and the lame

Luke is really about the failure to understand that God excludes no one. The phrase “the blind and the lame” is a synecdochic for all blemished individuals including such unique stories as restoring to life the son of the widow of Nain (7:11-17), the episode of the healing of the bent woman (13:10-17), the healing of the man with dropsy (14:1-6) and the healing of the ten male lepers (17:11-19). The Lucan Jesus extends his invitation to the messianic banquet to the “poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame” (14:15-24) with the warning that none of the original invitees “will taste my dinner.”

I suspect that this invitation to the messianic banquet is intended make clear that the prohibition contained in 2 Samuel 5:8 that “the blind and the lame shall not enter into the house of the Lord” has been nullified by the Lucan Jesus.

This is a work in progress.

Copyrighted 2008


Post a Comment

<< Home