Icon of the Archangel Michael.
This week on Goat Rope, El Cabrero is responding to a challenge from a reader to write about the five things I admire most about Jesus. The hardest part was figuring out where to start.
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The fourth thing I'm going to write about is Jesus' way with words. Official Goat Rope verdict: he had one. Big time. Whole libraries have been written on the sayings of Jesus and more could and will be written. I'm going to focus today on his awesome one liners.
My personal favorites include some of his comic visual images, like when he nailed hypocrites who made a show of religion while neglecting simple justice and compassion:
You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
And speaking of camels, let's not forget this one:
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
How about these for cutting through the #$&%:
No one who puts his hand on the plow and looks back is fit for the Kingdom of God.
What goes into your mouth will not defile you, but what comes out of your mouth, that will defile you.
Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
To save your life is to lose it; to lose your life is to save it.
Follow me and let the dead bury their dead.
The first shall be last and the last shall be first.
Exalt yourself and you will be humbled; humble yourself and you will be exalted.
I could go on and on but I'm sure the Gentle Reader knows where to find more.
WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS. In light of the new Census report on poverty, health coverage, and incomes, the American Friends Service Committee calls for new priorities:
Congress should redirect the $720 million a day the U.S. is spending on the Iraq war to programs that reduce poverty at home, urged the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), responding to Census Bureau data released today.
“For $720 million, we could provide over 400,000 children with health care, or over a million children with free school lunches,” notes Joyce Miller, the American Friends Service Committee assistant general secretary for justice and human rights. “America’s shameful poverty rate should lead everyone to ask ourselves how we want to spend our tax dollars — on war or on education, health care, job training, affordable housing, and the like.”
CONSIDER THE LILIES. Did you ever want your own Spiderman suit? As in a real one? A group of Italian scientists say nanotechnology could make it happen.
MORE ON THE CAMEL/NEEDLE'S EYE THING. CEOs of major U.S. companies made more in a day than the average worker in a year.
MORE ON THE WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS THING. Here's an interesting essay by David Korten on rethinking the meaning of wealth in terms of life.
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