Thursday, April 4, 2019

2019-04-05 - Context


  1. Adding Isaiah chapter 1 to my pamphlet for wayward priests.
    Isaiah is already better than Proverbs. We can deal with the wrath of God, but we can't deal with a monotone.

    However, I found the last chapter of Proverbs funny due to the fact that Lemuel was quoting his mother. I can just imagine her standing over him and telling him these things. And at least the good wife gets the final word instead of another warning about the evil woman.

    If you don't get a chill when they strike Him and say "Prophesy!", than you need to- really pay attention on Palm Sunday and Good Friday.

    Ephesians is like- solid food. You can tell Paul is speaking to people who know. Not a hint of an exhortation.

  2. Call me morbid, but Isaiah 1 was a veritable breath of fresh air! I luv me some heavy-hittin' truth. You must tell us more about this pamphlet, Gabby. Will you put it in the collection basket at lackadaisical parishes?

    Speaking of the castration of hard sayings, and incident comes to mind at the local parish. That Sunday in the Gospel, Jesus said or did something "tough." I can't remember if it was cleansing the Temple or Our Lord's warning about how it is better to cut off a body part than be whole and cast into Gehenna. In his profound wisdom, the pastor offered this theological insight: "Well, it sure doesn't look like Jesus has read 'How to Win Friends and Influence People.'" After a tepid chorus of laughs, he went back to bloviating on love.

    It struck me with this account of Jesus' trial that in spite of His imploring the Father to "remove this chalice from me," He is fully committed to the work of Redemption, to the degree that when the witnesses can't come up with a single thing to condemn Him, Jesus willingly condemns Himself.

    Good insight, Gabby, Ephesians is solid food. Which may be hard to chew, but it's what we so DESPERATELY need.