Luke 17-20

Jesus tells apostles that they should forgive the sins of others if they repent.  He then cleanses ten lepers, but only one of them, a Samaritan, comes back to thank him.  Jesus tells Pharisees about the coming of the kingdom of God: it will come suddenly, without any warning.  Parable of the persistent widow: God will avenge his people because of their persistence in crying out to Him.  Parable of the Pharisee and tax collector: a Pharisee prayed while bragging of his own righteousness; the tax collector simply begged for mercy for being a sinner.  God prefers the latter to the former, as “everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted”.  Jesus talks with a rich ruler: it is impossible for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.  Jesus predicts his own death and resurrection, restores sight to a blind man, and eats at a sinner’s house.  He takes a colt and rides it into Jerusalem while weeping for it, predicting that it will be besieged and destroyed by enemies.  When he arrives, he chases merchants out of the Temple.  In conversations with the Pharisees and Sadducees, who try to catch him in blasphemy, he gives an ambiguous answer to whether Jews should pay taxes to Caesar and says that nobody will marry or die after the resurrection.  Instead, everyone will be equal to the angels and sons of God.

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