“ … the Son of Man came to seek out and to save whoever is lost”
Jerusalem, the city of destiny was not far away – just a day's journey. Luke's Gospel is the only one to include this incident, and he uses it to draw to a conclusion his collection of Jesus' teachings that he saw as relevant to the disciples for whom he was writing, and, indeed, remain so to readers living now within the Christian community.
On a number of occasions, Luke had showed Jesus referring to the difficult questions arising from the different economic levels of disciples living within the same Christian community. Today's passage adds a further response to those questions. The passage is particularly relevant to Christians in the relatively rich Western nations as they seek to live with integrity in today's global world where so many million others go to bed hungry each night.