of the powerful people down in
So they decided to pick an argument with him not about Isaiah how could one debate with the strange vision of that most mysterious of prophets but to trip him up on the behavior of his followers.
This would be the first of many such debates which Jesus always won, mostly because he knew God better than the scribes did but also because he was quicker than they were. However, he was probably doing it for the record, so that his followers would know that, while Jesus respected the law, he had no patience with legalisms.
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Once upon a time a very, very conservative Catholic came to complain to his pastor. The new Pope has let us down, he protested. Heís a great disappointment. Ah, said the pastor who professed to be a liberal Catholic though in fact he was a closet moderate. I thought he was going to restore the church the way it used to be. Heís wearing his Prada slippers and his Santa Claus cap but he really isnt doing what God wants.
Ah, said the priest again. What does God want. Well said the man, he wants all those women off the altar. Women should be reading the scriptures or distributing Communion, or directing music, not even if theyre nuns. Indeed, said the pastor. And he should put the mass back into Latin, thats Gods language. Why did we have to change it. Actually said the pastor, maybe it should go back into Aramaic.
That was Jesus language. And he should make priests wear their roman collars all the time. Just like the apostles did, said the priest who was now beginning to enjoy himself. He knew that the man never listened to what he said, but only wanted to recite his list of complaints. I just want our old traditional Catholic Church back again. Whats tradition? The pastor asked. Well the way it was when I was growing up.
1 O LORD, who shall sojourn in thy tent? Who shall
dwell on thy holy hill?
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