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The Hypocrisy of Treating Jesus with "Tough Love": Here's a Riddle for You . . . (Sunday Homily)

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In today's gospel selection, Jesus recapitulates the list. For him "the least" (who are greater than John) include the imprisoned (like John himself sitting on Herod's death row). They are (once again) the lame, the deaf, the mute, and lepers. They even include the dead who are raised to life by Jesus.

Do we need any more evidence to support the claim of God's "preferential option for the poor?"

Does the Christian Right believe the teaching contained in Jesus' riddle? Do they really advocate treating him with "tough love?"

Not when you put it that way, Jesus!

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Mike Rivage-Seul is a liberation theologian and former Roman Catholic priest. Recently retired, he taught at Berea College in Kentucky for 36 years where he directed Berea's Peace and Social Justice Studies Program.Mike blogs (more...)
 

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If we listen to these Sunday readings as Pope Fran... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 at 10:53:59 AM
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