The bull of St Luke

THE GOSPEL OF LUKE

CHAPTER 16: OVERVIEW

In this chapter, we read of Jesus telling two parables concerning wealth. However, we need to be aware that they addressed to different audiences.

For the story of the dishonest steward at the beginning and the sayings which follow it (16,1-13) Jesus is speaking to the disciples (16,1).

This is followed in 16,14 by a reaction by the Pharisees. From verse 15 therefore, Jesus is speaking to them. This then leads into some miscellaneous sayings in verses 15 to 18. The saying about divorce in 16,18 may seem rather out of place at first sight.

These sayings lead into the second parable, the story of the rich man and Lazarus (16,19-31) which concludes the chapter.

Then in 17,1, we will find that Jesus is again speaking to his disciples.

We can therefore read this chapter in two pages as indicated by the change in audience:
6,1-13: The parable of the steward, addressed to the disciples.
6,14-31: The parable of rich man, addressed to the Pharisees.

We can now begin our reading of this chapter with the parable of the dishonest steward, Lk 16,1-13.