Monday, February 25, 2008

Jesus the Prophet

In today's Gospel Jesus says that no prophet is accepted in his native place. Then he refers to the story of Naaman the leper, the Syrian who was cured of leprosy by the prophet Elisha. Jesus said there were many lepers in Israel, but they weren't cured, only the foreigner.

Jesus' audience got so enraged at him that they wanted to kill him. But it wasn't his hour so he walked away.

Sometimes people might think that to be Christians we have to be "nice." But Jesus had no qualms about telling people what they didn't want to hear. He didn't mind offending his audience when he had to tell them the truth. In today's politically correct climate that's something to think about.

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