Sometimes Jesus was rather fierce when he was preaching, or even when He was working a miracle. In curing the man with the withered hand you have to wonder just how it is that all others present didn’t whither up when Jesus cured the fellow.
In this case, the challenge was more instructive than the cure. They were angry enough with Him to have Him put to death. This is rather instructive for those who would disrespect others by not acting in goodness and kindness and truth, you know, for the sake of being be politically correct, being ‘men of consensus’, you know, sophisticated and up to date, balanced and polite, never rough, never instigating, always team players.
But, it’s gotta be said. Those who reject goodness and kindness and truth are also effeminate, never manly, lacking in fortitude, cowardly like a pack of dogs, scared on their own, but willing to put even Jesus to death if they got the chance in a crowd.
So, I’m trying out Audacity, a free program that dumbs down the bit-rate so that digital recordings, say, of homilies, can be uploaded more efficiently. Let’s see if it works. I have no idea. I’m sorry if I sound angry in this homily. I tend to be like whatever Jesus is like in the Gospels. He’s rather fierce today. That’s the word: Fierce!
O.K. O.K. I’ll have to work on getting to the point quickly without repeating myself. Work with me. Give me pointers!