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Jesus vs Religious Hypocrites

As we'll see again in this Sunday's gospel , if there was one thing that drove Jesus up the wall, it was religious people. Especially religious hypocrites. And on the other hand, when Jesus encountered moral failures and social rejects, he had nothing but compassionate and forgiving words for them. Again, I invite you to read, for yourself, any one of the gospels - especially one of the first three so-called "synoptic," or thematically similar gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke -- straight through, in one sitting, and then ask yourself: what image of Jesus emerges from that reading? Do that - read a gospel straight through - and I'll bet you'll be surprised. Because the picture of Jesus that emerges from such a reading is not as someone who was primarily a miracle worker or healer. It is not Jesus as primarily a teacher or preacher. Rather, it is Jesus as someone who was primarily a provocateur : someone who deliberately, repeatedly, provoked the re