“To Evangelize the Poor”

The Gospel According to Luke, Isaiah, and Origen

  • James E. Kelly Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (Brighton, MA)

Abstract

In this essay, I will examine the scriptural basis for Origen’s interpretation of Luke 4:18-19 as an allusion to Jesus’ identity as savior, not as a call to social justice. I argue that this interpretation is consistent with the intentions of the gospel writer. The essay begins with an analysis of the gospel writer’s redaction of Mark 1 in Luke 3-5. Based on that redaction, I hypothesize that Luke intends to emphasize Jesus’s identity with the anointed one mentioned in Isaiah 61:1-2. This excerpt from Isaiah not only gives Luke 4:18-19 its Christological significance but also clarifies Luke’s understanding of poverty in relation to the Gospel. I then examine Origen’s application of the Lucan passage for his pastoral purposes. To conclude, I suggest that we, like Luke and Origen, read Scripture Christocentrically in order to better facilitate the church’s encounter with Christ during the liturgy.

 

Published
2019-05-18
How to Cite
Kelly, J. E. (2019). “To Evangelize the Poor” . Lumen Et Vita, 9(2), 21-28. https://doi.org/10.6017/lv.v9i2.11125