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 November 7th, 2010 A.D. - 32d Sunday in Ordinary Time Lk 20/27-38

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November 7th, 2010 A.D.

32d Sunday in Ordinary Time Lk 20/27-38 

 

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 In this story Jesus is not describing the specifics of the relationships of the genders in heaven. Attempts to elaborate a theory of how the human body behaves in heaven out of this story miss the point completely. Rather the story is about how Jesus dealt with the logic choppers and the  legalists who tried to trap him by playing games with the scriptures. While Jesus won the argument, clearly he did not permanently dispose of those who  use the   bible to impose there rigid ideas on everyone else. 

While some of the Fundamentalists are especially likely to do this (not all of them by any means) we are not above quoting bits of the bible or of papal documents out of context to force people to agree with us. The story today should serve as warning that Jesus doesnít like that kind of argumentation, especially because it almost always ignores the principle them of his message, that  we are all Godís beloved children.

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 Once upon a time there were some parents who were upset about the soft drink machines in the high school to which their children went. Pop (or soda if youíre from a part of the country where they use that odd term) was not good for kids. It kept them from drinking things like (low fat) milk and fruit juices which were good for them. They demanded that the high school take the machines out of the school. The next thing, one of the juniors said, is that theyíre going to try to take pop corn out of movie theaters. He was joking, but that was really the next item on the parents agenda.

 They had closed down stores with dirty magazines, they had banned cigarette smoking in the school, now they wanted to get rid of the soft drink machines. They were determined that everyone in the school would lead healthy, wholesome lives, all the time.  Theyíll go after rock music next, a freshman girl protested, you just wait.  The kids argued that they needed a little caffeine each day to keep going, indeed a lot of caffeine. Weíll make them put in a tea machine, said one of the parents. Thatís all you need for a quick pick-me-up. Donít they have anything else to do but ruin our lives,  the president of the sophomore class complained.

  So the old retired pastor, the Monsignor who had founded the school, was called in to arbitrate the matter. He suggested that the parents do volunteer work in the inner city with their kids. The parents really didnít want to do that. So, as a compromise, he said that there should be an ice tea machine and a (low fat) milk machine and a fruit juice machine as well as the pop machine. Individual parents could tell their children what to drink and what not to drink. The parents who tried to ban the pop machine were furious. They didnít like democracy very much. Just to show them all the kids went ape over ice tea.

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 So, as a compromise, he said that there should be an ice tea machine and a    (low fat) milk machine and a fruit juice machine as well as the pop machine. Individual parents could tell their children what to drink and what not to drink. The parents who tried to ban the pop machine were furious. They didnít like democracy very much. Just to show them all the kids went ape over ice tea
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Psalm 17:1,5-6,8,15

1 Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry! Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!
5 My steps have held fast to thy paths, my feet have not slipped.
6 I call upon thee, for thou wilt answer me, O God; incline thy ear to me, hear my words.
8 Keep me as the apple of the eye; hide me in the shadow of thy wings,
15 As for me, I shall behold thy face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with beholding thy form.

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