Thursday, November 01, 2012

A Thought

“Every day Jesus was teaching in the temple.  The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people kept looking for a way to kill Him; but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were spellbound by what they heard.”  Luke 19:47-48

What strikes me in this passage is the contrast between those who were “spellbound” by the Good News Jesus was teaching to those who wanted to hear, and those whose minds were already made up and who didn’t want to hear more.  It is very likely Jesus was teaching the people to look to and lean on the Lord rather than these chief priests and other religious leaders. 

Also consider how compelling Jesus’ lessons must have been to a people oppressed not only by the invading Romans but no less so by religious authorities.  Somewhere in the midst of the harsh realities of life, a soul needs to be reminded of their “sacred worth”.

Life is no easier now, and the election season only reminds us of how divided we are as a nation AND as a church.  Worse than this, however, are the many politicians (“leaders of the people”) who are trying to convince so many that they alone have the answers to all our problems.  It is now more than ever that many poor souls need to hear the Gospel of our Lord, the Good News of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Now is the time for all Disciples of our Lord to step up.  Let us put aside the judgments and those things that divide us and strive to reach out and offer sanctuary.  Let us offer the Eternal Truth that will not change regardless of the political majority.  Those who do not want to know will search diligently for a way to suppress this Good News, but those who truly do want to know will be “spellbound” by the Truth.


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