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said to the crowd: “They will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over
to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and
governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember,
you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a
wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or
Give us this day our daily bread and forgive
us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us
from evil. Amen
In the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar,” there are
many interesting lyrics but some that always stick in my mind are the stanzas
from the title song: “If you'd come today, you could have reached the whole
nation, Israel in 4 BC had no mass communication.”
Further on, we hear this:
Tell me what you
About your friends at the top
Now who d'you think besides yourself
Was the pick of the crop?
Buddha, was he
where it's at?
Is he where you are?
Could Muhammad move a mountain
Or was that just PR?
The lyricist was totally wrong. If Jesus came
today with the same message, despite the tools of mass communication and social
media, he would have still been seen in popular culture as an abject
failure. He would probably be sitting in
a lonely coffee shop or on a picket line lamenting that the sandcastles of
today’s culture are built upon the immediate gratification-foundation of
McMansions, McDonald's, and Marty McFly. There
are more tickets bought to sit in the seats at the Ringling Brothers Circus
every year than people who fill up the pews on any given Sunday.
Today’s scripture is what Gilbert Keith
(G.K.) Chesterton most likely had in mind when he wrote the profound and perfect
line: “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been
found difficult and left untried.”
Jesus had no sense of marketing the
short-term customer benefits of his way of life when he spoke like he did in
Luke 21 of being handed over to prisons and trials without so much as a public
defender to represent you. Jesus could
not care less about marketing or mass communication. He was solely pre-occupied with the eternal
redemption of our souls from the wages of sin and Satan. That’s why he tried to
deliver a strong wake-up call that continues to echo forward more than two
thousand years ahead.
This yolk is easy, this burden light compared
with the seven last words that Jesus leaves with us before he hands over his human
Spirit back to God.
Most people will not be any more interested
in the plagues of the Old Testament or Revelation than they are of the modern HIV-Zika-Ebola-Bird
Flue era. It is not the plagues that we
should fear. Without a healthy fear
(awe) of the Lord, we will never appreciate what He did for us. We may not want to wade into the Great
Tribulation but wade in we must. Diving
in like St. Peter is more likely our calling.
What bad habits and laziness in your life do
you have to guard against? Sometimes it seems we are powerless to resist the
onslaught of temptation. However, Jesus
gives us the support we need -- strengthened by the gifts of the Holy Spirit --
to accept his offer.
What Cardinal Virtues will help you conquer
your greatest temptation?