Monday, June 15, 2009

Expect the unexpected!

The Gospel of Jesus confronts our innate desire to reduce life and
God to simple formulae that "make sense" and conform to our expectations and prejudices.
If we just read through the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament we are confronted with with a multitude of paradoxes such as:

``Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.’’
(Matthew 5:5)

``But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.’’
(Matthew 5:39)

``Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.’’
(Matthew 5:44)

``For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.’’
(Matthew 9:13)

``Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.’’
(Matthew 10:34)

``Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.’’
(Matthew 10:39)

When Jesus predicted his death, Peter rebuked him, to which Jesus responded:
``Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. You are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of men.’’
(Matthew 16:23)

``Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’’
(Matthew 18:4)

``So the last will be first, and the first last.’’
(Matthew 20:16)

``But whoever would be great among you must be your servant’’
(Matthew 20:26)

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