What did Jesus say about money?

Luke’s gospel contains more

material in this category than any

of the others. For completeness’

sake, there will be a few entries

here that go beyond the direct

quotes from sayings of Jesus,

starting with a portion of the

Magnificat, other relevant events

of Jesus’ birth and infancy, and in

at least one instance a quick

reference to a related Old

Testament text in order to give

proper context to what we read.

Here goes.

From Mary’s Song of Praise (The


He has brought down the

powerful from their thrones, and

lifted up the lowly; he has filled

the hungry with good things,

and sent the rich away empty. —

Luke 1:52-53

A Homeless Family

And she gave birth to her

firstborn son and wrapped him

in bands of cloth, and laid him in

a manger, because there was no

place for them in the inn. — Luke


Too Poor for a Sheep

When the time came for their

purification according to the law

of Moses, they brought him up to

Jerusalem to present him to the

Lord (as it is written in the law of

the Lord*, “Every firstborn male

shall be designated as holy to the

Lord”), and they offered a

sacrifice according to what is

stated in the law of the Lord, “a

pair of turtledoves or two young

pigeons .” —Luke 2:22-24

*This passage specifically quotes

from Leviticus 12:8:

When the days of her purification

are completed, whether for a son

or a daughter, she shall bring to

the priest at the entrance of the

tent of meeting a lamb in its first

year for a burnt offering, and a

pigeon or a turtledove for a sin

offering. He shall offer it before

the LORD, and make atonement

on her behalf; then she shall be

clean from hr flow of blood. This

is the law for her who bears a

child, male or female. If she

cannot afford a sheep, she shall

take two turtledoves or two

pigeons , one for a burnt offering

and the other for a sin offering;

and the priest shall make

atonement on her behalf, and

she shall be clean. —Leviticus


John the Baptist on Fruits Worthy

of Repentance

And the crowds asked him

[John], “What then should we

do?” In reply he said to them,

“ Whoever has two coats must

share with anyone who has

none; and whoever has food

must do likewise .” Even tax

collectors came to be baptized,

and they asked him, “Teacher,

what should we do?” He said to

them, “ Collect no more than the

amount prescribed for you.”

Soldiers also asked him, “And we,

what should we do?” He said to

them, “ Do not extort money from

anyone by threats or false

accusation, and be satisfied with

your wages.” —Luke 3:10-14

Jesus Announces His Ministry

When he came to Nazareth,

where he had been brought up,

he went to the synagogue on the

sabbath day, as was his custom.

He stood up to read, and the

scroll of the prophet Isaiah was

given to him. He unrolled the

scroll and found the place where

it was written:

“ The Spirit of the Lord is upon

me, because he has anointed me

to bring good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim

release to the captives and

recovery of sight to the blind, to

let the oppressed go free, to

proclaim the year of the Lord’s

favor .” And he rolled up the

scroll, gave it back to the

attendant, and sat down. The

eyes of all in the synagogue were

fixed on him. Then he began to

say to them, “ Today this scripture

has been fulfilled in your

hearing .” —Luke 4:16-21

Jesus Associates With Tax


After this he went out and saw a

tax collector named Levi, sitting

at the tax booth; and he said to

him, “ Follow me.” And he got up,

left everything, and followed him.

Then Levi gave a great banquet

for him in his house; and there

was a large crowd of tax

collectors and others sitting at

the table with them. The

Pharisees and their scribes were

complaining to his disciples,

saying, “ Why do you eat and

drink with tax collectors and

sinners? ” Jesus answered,

“Those who are well have no

need of a physician, but those

who are sick; I have come to call

not the righteous but sinners to

repentance. ” — Luke 5:27-32

Jesus Teaches His Disciples

Then he looked up at his

disciples and said: “ Blessed are

you who are poor, for yours is

the kingdom of God. Blessed are

you who are hungry now, for

you will be filled. Blessed are you

who weep now, for you will

laugh. ” — Luke 6:20-21

“But woe to you who are rich,

for you have received your

consolation. Woe to you who are

full now, for you will be hungry.

Woe to you who are laughing

now, for you will mourn and

weep .” — Luke 6:24-25

Teaching on Giving and Theft

“Give to everyone who begs from

you; and if anyone takes away

your goods, do not ask for them

again .” —Luke 6:30

Teaching on Lending

“If you lend to those from whom

you hope to receive, what credit

is that to you? Even sinners lend

to sinners, to receive as much

again. But love your enemies, do

good, and lend, expecting

nothing in return. Your reward

will be great, and you will be

children of the Most High; for he

is kind to the ungrateful and the

wicked. ” — Luke 6:34-35

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Jesus emphasized that we should think less about material things and focus on doing Gods will

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