Luke: The Book of Blessings and Woes

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For Christians of our time, Megan McKenna explores the meaning of the blessings and woes pronounced by Jesus on the plains of Galilee. She calls us to the heart of the gospel and to be converted to discipleship in Jesus' kingdom of God.

Readers learn about Jesus' teachings through his parables as well as through insightful stories about Zen masters, Jewish rabbis, Japanese gods, Sufi mystics and stories told by well-known figures such as Thomas Merton and Leo Tolstoy. We learn ...

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Overview

For Christians of our time, Megan McKenna explores the meaning of the blessings and woes pronounced by Jesus on the plains of Galilee. She calls us to the heart of the gospel and to be converted to discipleship in Jesus' kingdom of God.

Readers learn about Jesus' teachings through his parables as well as through insightful stories about Zen masters, Jewish rabbis, Japanese gods, Sufi mystics and stories told by well-known figures such as Thomas Merton and Leo Tolstoy. We learn that compassion, the source of blessings, means being with others in their pain and suffering and knowing their pain as our own.

“McKenna explores the contemporary significance of the beatitudes and woes in Luke's sermon on the plain…. Her book is full of practical insight. It will be of most interest to those who seek to integrate their scholarly exegesis with practical application in ecclesial contexts.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565483231
  • Publisher: New City Press NY
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

A well known workshop facilitator, retreat leader, and author of over 30 books, Megan McKenna received her doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA. She has taught at many different schools, including Fordham University, the Washington Theological Union, and the East Asian Pastoral Institute in Manila. She also serves as an Ambassador of Peace for Pax Christi USA.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

l Blessings 9

2 The Reign of God: Seedbed of the Beatitudes 29

3 Blessed Are the Poor for the Kingdom of God Is Theirs 48

4 Blessed Are You Who Are Hungry Now Blessed Are You Who Weep Now 70

5 Blessed Are You When You Are Persecuted: Rejoice! 93

6 Woe to You Rich! 120

7 Woe to You Who Are Full Woe to You Who Laugh Now 145

8 Alas for You Who Are Well Spoken Of 171

9 The Sermon on the Plain 194

10 Other Blessings in Luke 215

Recommended Readings 233

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  • Posted September 29, 2009

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    Strong and unflinching

    In her latest book, Megan McKenna examines Luke's "blessings and woes" and his account of the sermon on the plain. The meat of the book consists of three chapters on the blessings and three on the woes, each containing connections to similar material in the old and new testaments, especially Matthew's story of the sermon on the mount. McKenna, a popular retreat leader, enriches the text with stories from sources as diverse as the fathers of the church and Leo Tolstoy.

    Blessings from the Gospel of Luke are directed toward the poor and those who are hungry, who weep, and who are persecuted. The woes are to the rich and those who are full, who laugh now, and who are well spoken of. These and the entire sermon on the plain, McKenna writes, "are central to Luke's perception of who Jesus is: the suffering servant of Yahweh, the beloved and obedient child of the Father, and the hope of the poor, the imprisoned, those who belong to no one and are isolated within a hostile world."

    McKenna brings the gospel into our own lives in a strong and unflinching way, writing of social systems; our allocation of time, money, and service; economics and politics; free markets; and business ethics. Jesus' statements of woes and blessings, she writes, "are about standing up to the hard-heartedness of the world that spits in the face of those who are lowly or deemed unworthy of the fullness of life."

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