Intro to the Gospel of Luke

Introduction to the Gospel of St. Luke
Fr. Pat Madden's Class
September 24 - October 29, 2020

Father Pat Madden’s 6-week class on the Gospel of St. Luke will be held each Thursday night from 6:30 – 8:30 in the church beginning on September 24 and ending on October 29. Please bring a copy of The Bible with you, whichever translation you prefer.

The class will be livestreamed for those who are unable to attend in person, but interaction will be limited online. Recordings of the classes may be accessed at the bottom of this page. 


1)  Background Teaching
            Catholic Teaching on Inspiration & Inerrancy of Scripture
            Catholic Teaching on the Historicity of the Gospels (Stages 1, 2, 3)
            Two-Source Theory of the Synoptic Gospels
            Introductory Comments on Luke as author; Luke’s audience.

2) Galilean Ministry, Luke 3-9 (Select Passages)
            Opening Homily at Nazareth
            Call of the first Disciples, etc.

3) The Journey to Jerusalem, Luke 9:51-19:48  (Select Passages)
            Parables Unique to Luke

4)   Luke’s Passion Narrative, Luke 23-24

5) Empty Tomb & Resurrection-Appearance Narratives, Luke 24

6) Luke’s Infancy Narrative, Luke 1-2


Suggested Reading

None of these texts are required for the class, but Father Pat is happy to offer them as suggestions for individuals who want to further their understanding. Links to purchase on Amazon are provided.

For personal Advent spiritual reading:

Raymond E. Brown. An Adult Christ at Christmas. (50 pages).  

For those eager to prepare for Christmas:

A Coming Christ in Advent (71 pages). 

For high school or junior college students Fr. Pat recommends one of the following:

Kodell, Jerome. The Gospel According to Luke.  Collegeville Bible Commentary. Volume 3. Liturgical Press, 1982.(about 125 pages)
Patella, Michael F.  The Gospel According to Luke. New Collegeville Bible Commentary. Volume 3. Liturgical Press, 2009, (167 pages)

Pablo T. Gadenz, The Gospel of Luke. Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture. (400 pages).

For those with college degrees or graduate-level students:

Luke Timothy Johnson.  The Gospel of Luke.  Volume 3. Sacra Pagina Series (466 pages)

Class Recordings

Lesson 1: Thursday, September 24, 2020

Lesson 4: Thursday, October 15, 2020

Lesson 2: Thursday, October 1, 2020

Lesson 5: Thursday, October 22, 2020

Lesson 3: Thursday, October 8, 2020

Lesson 6: Thursday, October 29, 2020